Dante's Deadly Sins: Moral Philosophy in Hell

Dante's Deadly Sins: Moral Philosophy in Hell

Author(s): Raymond Angelo Belliotti

Published Online: 6 OCT 2011 05:47AM EST

Print ISBN: 9780470671054

Online ISBN: 9781118112434

DOI: 10.1002/9781118112434

About this Book

Dante's Deadly Sins is a unique study of the moral philosophy behind Dante's master work that considers the Commedia as he intended, namely, as a practical guide to moral betterment. Focusing on Inferno and Purgatorio, Belliotti examines the puzzles and paradoxes of Dante's moral assumptions, his treatment of the 7 deadly sins, and how 10 of his most powerful moral lessons anticipate modern existentialism.

  • Analyzes the moral philosophy underpinning one of the greatest works of world culture
  • Summarizes the Inferno and Purgatorio, while underscoring their moral implications
  • Explains and evaluates Dante's understanding of the 'Seven Deadly Sins' and the ultimate role they play as the basis of human transgression.
  • Provides a detailed discussion of the philosophical concepts of moral desert and the law of contrapasso, using character case studies within Dante's work
  • Connects the poem's moral themes to our own contemporary condition

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