The Metaphysics of Dante's Comedy

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Oxford University Press, USA, Mar 17, 2005 - Literary Criticism - 308 pages
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The recovery of Dante's metaphysics - which are very different from our own - is essential, argues Christian Moevs, 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 - as something more than imaginative literature. In this book Moevs offers the first sustained treatment of the metaphysical picture that grounds and motivates the Comedy, and the relation between those metaphysics and Dante's poetics. Moevs arrives at the radical conclusion that Dante believed that all of what we perceive as reality, the spatio-temporal world, is in fact a creation or projection of conscious being. Armed with this new understanding, Moevs is able to shed light on a series of perennial issues in the interpretation of the Comedy.
 

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Contents

NonDuality and SelfKnowledge
3
1 The Empyrean
15
2 Matter
37
3 Form
49
4 Creation
107
5 Sunrises and Sunsets
147
Is Dante Telling the Truth?
169
No Mind No Matter
187
Notes
193
Works Cited
241
Index
293
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Christian Moevs is Associate Professor of Romance Languages and Fellow of the Medieval Institute at the University of Notre Dame.