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Author Ryan, Christopher, 1943-2004.

Title Dante and Aquinas : a study of nature and grace in the Comedy / Christopher Ryan ; revised with an introduction by John Took
Published London : UCL Arts & Humanities Publications : Ubiquity Press, 2013


Description 1 online resource (1 electronic resource (ix, 157 pages))
Series UCL Arts & Humanities Publications
UCL Arts & Humanities publications
Contents 1: Morality and Merit -- Preliminary considerations: Aquinas, grace and grace-consciousness. -- Patterns of doing and deserving I: Aquinas and movement -- Patterns of doing and deserving II: Dante and the coalescence of human and divine willing at the core of existence -- Dante, maturity in the flame of love, and primordial possibility -- 2: Faith and Facticity -- Faith as a condition of salvation in Dante and Aquinas: Aquinas, explicit faith and implicit faith -- Dante and the power of the encounter to regeneration and redemption -- divine vulnerability and a reconfiguration of soteriological emphases. -- 3: Desire and Destiny -- Introduction: the aetiology of desire -- Aquinas, desiderium naturale and a moment's uncertainty -- Dante and the coincidence of being and desiring in man -- Dante and predestination: a preliminary statement -- Aquinas and destiny under the aspect of transmission -- Dante and destiny under the aspect of emergence -- 4. The Augustinian Dimension: Narratives of Succession and Secession -- Introduction: patterns of affirmation and emancipation -- Aquinas, Augustine, and the tyranny of the Sed contra -- Augustinian and non-Augustinian itineraries in Dante: patterns of sameness (the psychology and pathology of dissimilitude) and patterns of otherness (nature, grace and the viability of the human project) -- Conclusion: Dantean Augustinianism: continuity and discontinuity in the depths -- Appendix A: Some Disputed Texts in the Commedia -- Purg. XXII. 55-99: Statius and the dynamics of conversion -- Par. IV. 124-32: natural desire for the beatific vision -- Par. XXIX. 64-66: 'Affetto' and the meriting of grace -- Appendix B: Cruces in Aquinas -- Divine intervention in the process of deliberation -- The fundamental option -- but whose option? -- Appendix C: Dante on Acquisition -- Bibliography -- Index of Names
Summary Christopher Ryan's study of Dante and Aquinas, touching on issues of nature and grace, of explicit and implicit faith, and of desire and destiny, is intended to mark the difference between them in key areas of theological sensibility. Re-shaped and revised by John Took on the basis of papers made available to him from Christopher Ryan's estate, it seeks to deepen our understanding of one of the great cultural encounters in European letters. (DOI: 10.5334/bad)
Notes Resource simultaneously available in PDF, EPUB format, and Kindle format
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 136-152) and index
Notes PDF version (viewed March 28, 2017)
Subject Dante Alighieri, 1265-1321. Divina commedia.
Dante Alighieri, 1265-1321 -- Religion
Thomas, Aquinas, Saint, 1225?-1274 -- Influence
Dante Alighieri, 1265-1321
Thomas, Aquinas, Saint, 1225?-1274
SUBJECT Divina commedia (Dante Alighieri) fast
Subject Theology in literature.
Aspects of religion (non-Christian)
Literature and literary studies.
Literature: history and criticism.
Religion and beliefs.
LITERARY CRITICISM -- European -- Italian.
Influence (Literary, artistic, etc.)
Theology in literature
Form Electronic book
Author Took, J. F.
ISBN 9781909188112