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The Metaphysics of Dante's Comedy
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The Metaphysics of Dante's Comedy

Christian Moevs

Abstract

Dante's metaphysics — his understanding of reality — is very different from our own. To present Dante's ideas about the cosmos, or God, or salvation, or history, or poetry within the context of post-Enlightenment presuppositions, as is usually done, is thus to capture only imperfectly the essence of those ideas. This book argues that the recovery of Dante's metaphysics is essential if we are to resolve what has been called “the central problem in the interpretation of the Comedy. ”That problem is what to make of the Comedy's claim to the “status of revelation, vision, or experiential record — ... More

Keywords: Dante, metaphysics, reality, cosmos, Comedy, poetics, Paradisio

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2005 Print ISBN-13: 9780195174618
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2005 DOI:10.1093/0195174615.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Christian Moevs, author
University of Notre Dame
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