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To Overcome Oneself: The Jesuit Ethic and Spirit of Global Expansion, 1520-1767

J. Michelle Molina

Abstract

Drawing on the connections between the history of Western subjectivity and early modern European colonialism, this book explores how the idea of “self” emerged in seventeenth- and eighteenth-century Mexico as a consequence of the Jesuit encounter. Specifically, I focus on the core of Jesuit spirituality, their Spiritual Exercises—an adaptable, step-by-step program for renewal and salvation, adapted from the monastic practices of St. Ignatius to serve a new, worldly Catholicism. The Exercises advocated a rigorous method for self-examination and reflection that would ultimately contribute to a n ... More

Keywords: Jesuit, colonialism, early modern, Mexico, New Spain, Catholicism, Spiritual Exercises, devotional life, subjectivity, embodiment, mind-body dualism, spiritual direction, interiority, phenomenology

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780520275652
Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2014 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520275652.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

J. Michelle Molina, author