Christian Moevs

in The Metaphysics of Dante's Comedy

Published in print April 2005 | ISBN: 9780195174618
Published online April 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780199835430 | DOI:

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


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This epilogue begins with a discussion of the difficulties with materialism and then considers how scientific advances may undercut both materialism and dualism. It argues that what we say we know “ theoretically” about the nature of the world is at variance with how we experience it, with what our behavior shows we believe about it. If we were to see the entire system from the outside in, or from the inside out, as the pilgrim Dante sees the inverted images of creation in Paradiso 28, perhaps our familiar, solid, stolid reality would begin to look ethereal, ephemeral, transparent, no more than a luminous, vibrating veil or reflection of our own being, our own seeing, our own infinite love, our freedom, oneness, nothingness.

Keywords: materialism; dualism; Dante; Comedy

Chapter.  2684 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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