Dante's Deadly Sins: Moral Philosophy In Hell

Dante's Deadly Sins: Moral Philosophy In Hell

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Dante’s Deadly Sins is a unique study of the moral philosophy behind Dante’s master work that considers the Commedia as he intended, namely, as a practical guide to moral betterment. Focusing on Inferno and Purgatorio, Belliotti examines the puzzles and paradoxes of Dante’s moral assumptions, his treatment of the 7

Overview

Dante’s Deadly Sins is a unique study of the moral philosophy behind Dante’s master work that considers the Commedia as he intended, namely, as a practical guide to moral betterment. Focusing on Inferno and Purgatorio, Belliotti examines the puzzles and paradoxes of Dante’s moral assumptions, his treatment of the 7 deadly sins, and how 10 of his most powerful moral lessons anticipate modern existentialism.

  • Analyzes the moral philosophy underpinning one of the greatest works of world culture
  • Summarizes the Inferno and Purgatorio, while underscoring their moral implications
  • Explains and evaluates Dante’s understanding of the ‘Seven Deadly Sins’ and the ultimate role they play as the basis of human transgression.
  • Provides a detailed discussion of the philosophical concepts of moral desert and the law of contrapasso, using character case studies within Dante’s work
  • Connects the poem’s moral themes to our own contemporary condition

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
“In this thought-provoking book Belliotti draws Dante’s Commedia into conversation with existentialist philosophy. . . Despite these questions, Belliotti’s book is essential reading for anyone interested in Dante. In it the reader will find a refreshingly different take on the moral vision underscored by Dante’s Commedia.” (The Heythrop Journal, 24 July 2015)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781118720417
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
08/19/2013
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)

What People are saying about this

From the Publisher
"Belliotti demonstrates remarkable parallels between Dante's moral vision and modern Existentialist philosophy. He skillfully elucidates moral possibilities that we too confront when challenged by evildoing, punishment, freedom, and love."

—Robert Ginsberg, Director, The International Center for the Arts, Humanities, and Value Inquiry

"Most engaging about this work is the author's distinctive vision and voice, his capacity to bring together unexpected combinations of thought and style in ways that are insightful and productive. This is a work informed by broad learning, yet comfortable with personal anecdotes and pop culture references. As an exploration of classic literature as the source of philosophical engagement, it is original and thought-provoking."

—Jeffrey Nesteruk, Franklin & Marshall College

Meet the Author

Raymond Angelo Belliotti is SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor of Philosophy at the State University of New York at Fredonia. Belliotti’s publications include Niccolò Machiavelli (2008), Roman Philosophy and the Good Life (2009), Posthumous Harm: Why the Dead are Still Vulnerable (2011), Shakespeare and Philosophy: Lust, Love, and Law (2012), and Jesus or Nietzsche: How Should we Live Our Lives? (2013). Belliotti has received the SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching, the William T. Hagan Young Scholar/Artist Award, the Kasling Lecture Award for Excellence in Research and Scholarship, and the SUNY Foundation Research & Scholarship Recognition Award.

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