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"Expressive Individualism, The Cult of the Artist as Genius, and Milton's Lucifer"
Lecture hosted by the Nanzan Center for European Center and co-hosted by the Nanzan University Institute for Social Ethics

August 29, 2012

[ Date/time ] Friday September 28, 2012, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
[ Venue ] Special Joint Research Facility (P Room), 1F, Building J, Nagoya Campus, Nanzan University
[ Topic ] Expressive Individualism, The Cult of the Artist as Genius, and Milton's Lucifer
[ Lecturer ] Patrick Madigan SJ, Heythrop College, University of London
[ Profile ]

1963-1967 Boston College B. A. Philosophy

1967-1969 Tulane University, New Orleans M.A Philosophy

1972 Tulane University, New Orleans Ph. D Philosophy

1972-1973 Catholic University of America, NY Assistant Professor

1979-1983 Jesuit School of Theology, Berkeley M. Div, S.T.L

1983-1986 Loyola University of New Orleans Assistant Professor

2005-Present Heythrop College (University of London) Editor, Heythrop Journal

[ Major publications ]

The Modern Project to Rigor: Descartes to Nietzsche, University Press of America, 1986.

Christian Revelation and the Completion of the Aristotelian Revolution, University Press of America, 1988.

Aristotle and His Modern Critics: the Use of Tragedy in the Nontragic Vision, Univ. of Scranton Pr., 1990.

Penance, Contemplation, and Service: Pivotal Experiences of Christian Spirituality, Michael Glazier Pr., 1994.

Marcel, Girard, Bakhtin: the Return of Conversion, with Pius Ojara. Peter Lang, 2004.

[ Description ] American sociologist Robert Bellah and Canadian philosopher Charles Taylor will explore the roots of the basic modern western lifestyle, “expressive individualism”, and share various anecdotes in this lecture. As one looks back over history, one finds the flourishing in the 19th Century of the cult of reverence for artist as genius. This spread such that today there is a broad acceptance of adoration of genius. Looking back yet further we see the depiction of Lucifer in John Milton’s Paradise Lost. In Milton’s work, Lucifer rejects not only Christ, chief of all creation, but also the Father God declaring, “We… Know none before us, self-begot, self-rais’d”. In as much as we value expressive individualism as the modern ethic, it could be said that we are implicitly giving our support to Milton’s Lucifer as an archetype of us seeking human accomplishment and achievement. Through these investigations I hope that we can come to understand the modern lifestyle from a new perspective.
[ inquiries ] Center for Eurpoean Studies at Nanzan University
Fax: 052-832-6825
E-mail:cfes-cfas-all@nanzan-u.ac.jp

Nanzan University Institute for Social Ethics
Fax: 052-832-3703
E-mail:ise-office@ic.nanzan-u.ac.jp

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Phone: 052-832-3111