This lecture considers Dante's treatment of philosophers in Limbo, subsequent references to Aristotle, Plato and Averroes, and then his handling of philosophers in the Heaven of the Sun. The lecture highlights the richness and complexity of Dante's contact with, and poetic reworking of, late medieval currents of philosophical speculation.
Simon Gilson is Agnelli-Serena Professor of Italian at the University of Oxford and Fellow of Magdalen College. He is the author of Reading Dante in Renaissance Italy: Florence, Venice and the Divine Poet (CUP 2018) and co-editor with Zygmunt Baranski of The Cambridge Companion to Dante's Commedia (CUP 2019).
Professor Gilson will be presenting from Oxford over Zoom. Join us in the Monogram Room for the broadcast or via Zoom (details for joining coming soon).
Originally published at medieval.nd.edu.