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John Woodhouse

Print publication date: 1997

Print ISBN-13: 9780198159117

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198159117.001.0001

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Dante and Governance: Contexts and Contents

Dante and Governance: Contexts and Contents

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Dante and Governance
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John Woodhouse

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DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198159117.003.0001

The title of the present volume is intended deliberately to reflect the difference between Dante's view of politics and today's view, based on 20th-century concepts of political science. But while it would be anachronistic to impose upon his thought the paradigm of post-Machiavellian political assumptions, it would be pedantic to insist upon an esoterically specific terminology, simply to avoid combining the idea of Dante and politics: the word politics certainly crops up frequently in the chapters which follow. This first chapter suggests and shows that Dante and Governance, may be seen as a more appropriate title.

Keywords:   Dante, Purgatorio, Commedia, Inferno, governance, Florence, politics

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