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The Empyrean

Christian Moevs

in The Metaphysics of Dante's Comedy

Published in print April 2005 | ISBN: 9780195174618
Published online April 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780199835430 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0195174615.003.0001

Series: AAR Reflection and Theory in the Study of Religion Series

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This chapter discusses the context and originality of Dante's Empyrean, as developed in the Comedy. Its principal characteristics are summarized under three points: (i) In radical distinction from the Empyrean of the Scholastics, the Empyrean of the Comedy is absolutely immaterial and uncreated: it does not exist in space or time; (ii) In the Comedy Dante identifies the Empyrean with the divine mind; the splendor of that mind is the luminosity of the “tenth heaven”; (iii) The Empyrean is the “cause” of the phenomenal world only in the sense that it is its “foundation,” the ground of its being.

Keywords: Aristotle; Dante; Comedy; space; time; divine mind; cause; foundation

Chapter.  10466 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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