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The Metaphysics of Dante's Comedy$
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Christian Moevs

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780195174618

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2005

DOI: 10.1093/0195174615.001.0001

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The Empyrean

The Empyrean

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(p.15) 1 The Empyrean
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The Metaphysics of Dante's Comedy
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Christian Moevs (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0195174615.003.0001

This chapter discusses the context and originality of Dante's Empyrean, as developed in the Comedy. Its principal characteristics are summarized under three points: (i) In radical distinction from the Empyrean of the Scholastics, the Empyrean of the Comedy is absolutely immaterial and uncreated: it does not exist in space or time; (ii) In the Comedy Dante identifies the Empyrean with the divine mind; the splendor of that mind is the luminosity of the “tenth heaven”; (iii) The Empyrean is the “cause” of the phenomenal world only in the sense that it is its “foundation,” the ground of its being.

Keywords:   Aristotle, Dante, Comedy, space, time, divine mind, cause, foundation

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