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Published: 17 March 2005

320 Pages

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

ISBN: 9780195174618

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The Metaphysics of Dante's Comedy

Christian Moevs

AAR Reflection and Theory in the Study of Religion

In this book Christian Moevs offers the first sustained treatment of the metaphysical picture that grounds and motivates the Comedy, and of the relation between those metaphysics and Dante's poetics. Moevs argues that for Dante--in radical divergence from the modern view--the world of space and time is not self-subsistent, but a projection or creation of conscious being, which can only be known as oneself. Armed with this new understanding, Moevs is able to shed light on a series of perennial issues in the interpretation of the Comedy.