This book explores Dante's reception and polemical representation of Epicureanism, and the light this sheds on his dualistic theory of the secular and spiritual hemispheres of human conduct. It also addresses a significant gap in Dante scholarship.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Homo […] est medium duorum emisperiorum Dante and Epicurus 1. Dante's Reception of Epicureanism 2. Dante's Epicureanism and the Emergence of Secular Man The Epicurean Axis of Inferno X 3. The Secular and Spiritual Hemispheres of Inferno X 4. Epicurean Mortalism and Christian Faith Ante-Purgatory and Dante’s Dualism 5. The Virtuous Pagans 6. The Horizon between Pagan Reason and Christian Faith 7. Conclusion