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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

John Woodhouse

Oxford University Press

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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