By Christine O'Connell Baur
Widely one of the best works produced in Europe through the heart a long time, Dante's La Divina Commedia (The Divine Comedy) has encouraged numerous generations of readers, but strangely few books have tried to provide an explanation for the philosophical relevance of this nice epic. Dante's Hermeneutics of Salvation takes in this formidable project.
Turning to Heidegger to supply a theoretical framework for her research, Christine O'Connell Baur illustrates how Dante's poem invitations its readers to adopt their very own existential-hermeneutic trip to freedom. because the pilgrim progresses in his trip, she argues, he strikes past a simply literal, 'infernal' self-interpretation that's grounded on current attachments to objects on this planet. If we readers accompany the pilgrim during this hermeneutic conversion, we'll see that our personal existential commitments may help divulge the which means of our global and our personal finite freedom.
A paintings of substantial significance either for and lecturers and scholars of Dante experiences, Dante's Hermeneutics of Salvation also will end up invaluable to students operating in medieval stories, philosophy, and literary theory.
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Additional info for Dante’s Hermeneutics of Salvation: Passages to Freedom in The Divine Comedy
What is the point of introducing the duality between Dante-as-pilgrim and Dante-as-poet? The answer, as I have hinted at before, is that for Dante the very meaning of his vision in the afterlife is bound up with the process by which such a vision is achieved and articulated. Accordingly, Dante’s vision ultimately cannot be understood merely as his passive reception or beholding of what is there to be seen. His theoretical vision acquires its full meaning only through his recounting of his own activity in achieving it.
Moving from one realm to the other requires that one believe that the meaning of one’s world and oneself is not predetermined or assigned to one, but partly chosen by oneself. In other words, in order to get out of the inferno, one must understand and act upon the meaning of one’s own freedom. To put it negatively, understanding oneself as unfree and understanding the world and circumstances as simply given and determined apart from one’s own activity are what it means to be in the inferno. I. 2.
The Duality of the Temporal and Eternal Orders Augustine’s and Dante’s understanding of language as salvific suggests that to regard the mediation between being and knowing merely as Language, Mediation, and Salvation in Dante’s Commedia 23 something to be overcome is to oversimplify. To regard the need for interpretation merely as a problem to be overcome is to pretend to see only one side of a duality between being and its appearances, or between what Dante experienced and his text, or between God and His signs.