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Dante’s Persons: An Ethics of the Transhuman

Heather Webb


This volume explores the concept of personhood in Dante’s Commedia and seeks out the constituent ethical modes that the poem presents as necessary for attaining a fullness of persona. This study suggests that Dante presents a vision of ‘transhuman’ potentiality in which the human person is, after death, fully integrated into copresence with other individuals in a network of relations based on mutual recognition and interpersonal attention. The Commedia, the author argues, aims to depict and to actively construct a transmortal community in which the plenitude of each individual’s person is real ... More

Keywords: Dante, Divine Comedy, persona, Purgatory, Paradise, embodiment, Purgatorio, Paradiso, Inferno, Commedia

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780198733485
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198733485.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Heather Webb, author
University of Cambridge, University Lecturer

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