Between November 2016 and June 2017 at the Italian Cultural Institute.
Organised and presented by Alessandro Scafi (Warburg Institute) and John Took (UCL)
Spring Term 2017: Tuesday evenings from 7 to 8.30 pm
- 17 January 2017. Dante and Love. Dante as a love poet: the Vita nova, the Convivio, the Commedia.
- 31 January 2017. Dante, Philosophy and Theology. Dante and scholasticism; the nature of human happiness and the ends of human striving.
- 14 February 2017. Dante, language and literature. Dante and the ontologization of poetic form: Dante and the stil novo (the Vita nova) – Dante and classical rhetoric (the De vulgari eloquentia) – Dantean plurilingualism (the Commedia).
- 28 February 2017. Dante, Politics and the Church. Dante on papal and imperial rule (etc.).
- 28 March 2017. Dante and his Sources. Classical Mythology and Islam. Two Dantes; authorial intentionality.
- 2 May 2017. Dante and Mysticism. Contemplation as desire for God. The door of Purgatory; Beatrice, her increased beauty and ‘transhumanisation’; (etc.).
Summer Term 2017: Tuesday evenings from 7.00 to 8.30 pm
- 16 May 2017. Dante and Astrology. The influence of the movements of the heavens according to Dante; free will and Divine Providence. Actual Eschatology.
- 23 May 2017. Dante and Grace. The Modalities of Grace. Being and grace as the power of resurrection.
- 6 June 2017. Dante and the Body. Conceptions of the body in Dante’s afterlife; the body of air.
- 13 June 2017. Dante and the Beyond. Hell, Purgatory and Paradise here and now, in this life. Authentic existence and the courage to be.