Dante Alighieri

[Revised entry by Winthrop Wetherbee on January 6, 2014. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography] Dante's engagement with philosophy cannot be studied apart from his vocation as a writer, in which he sought to raise the level of public discourse by educating his countrymen and inspiring them to pursue
[Revised entry by Winthrop Wetherbee on January 6, 2014. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography] Dante's engagement with philosophy cannot be studied apart from his vocation as a writer, in which he sought to raise the level of public discourse by educating his countrymen and inspiring them to pursue happiness in the contemplative life. He was one of the most learned Italian laymen of his day, intimately familiar with Aristotelian logic and natural philosophy, theology (he had a special affinity for the...

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