The Metaphysics of Dante's Comedy
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.
- Hardback | 320 pages
- 165.1 x 236.2 x 30.5mm | 521.64g
- 14 Apr 2005
- Oxford University Press Inc
- New York, United States
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01 Sep 1995
But what is most startling and impressive about Moev's book is that it creates the conditions for setting the poem into the meaningful relationship with other philosophical and theological traditions...This important book... * Matthew Treherne, Times literary Supplement * It is good to come across a volume intended...to deepen the argument in the Commedia and to confirm it in its special kind of sublimity. * John Took, Journal of Theological Studies *
About Christian Moevs
Christian Moevs is Associate Professor of Romance Languages and Fellow of the Medieval Institute at the University of Notre Dame.