Abstract

That there is a balance between reason and faith in Dante’s Divine Comedy is not news. Still, an exploration of this balance is worth additional attention. Among other things, one discovers that Dante, following Thomas Aquinas, rejects the classical Greek ideal of happiness as reasoning with excellence. In addition and more important, one discovers that what Dante requires in order for human beings to be happy leads to this surprising conclusion: the set of happy human beings in Dante’s heaven is empty.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1086-329X
Print ISSN
0190-0013
Pages
pp. 110-127
Launched on MUSE
2014-08-18
Open Access
No
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