Thursday 21 November, 1pm
Join us for this special lecture when Dr. Connell Vaughan, Lecturer in Aesthetics and Critical Theory TU Dublin will discuss "What do we mean when we say Genius?" Free, no booking required.
This talk will focus on some of the ways philosophers have theorised the term genius. It will illustrate how the term is both contested and has a richer history than we may assume, referring not only to a distinctive quality of a person but also a people and even a place. It will show that the image of the genius has been subject to a deep, though not thorough, critical devaluation in recent times. It will outline the classic romantic account of genius and three main lines of criticism that regard the term as sexist, individualistic and a regressive cop-out. Despite these criticisms it will argue that genius is a term that retains a certain currency despite its critics.