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The Metaphysics of Dante's Comedy$
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Christian Moevs

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780195174618

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2005

DOI: 10.1093/0195174615.001.0001

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The Empyrean

The Empyrean

(p.15) 1 The Empyrean
The Metaphysics of Dante's Comedy

Christian Moevs (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

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

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