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

J. Michelle Molina


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


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

J. Michelle Molina, author