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In The Light of The Angels

Angelology and cosmology in Dante's <em>Divina Commedia</em>

Olschki
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pp. XVI-214, Firenze
data stampa: 2010
codice isbn: 978882225974
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TABLE OF CONTENTS

Acknowledgements

Introduction

Chapter one - TRE DEBATE ON ANGELS IN THE THIRTEENTH CENTURY: ISSUES RELEVANT TO DANTE'S DIVINA COMMEDIA

I. Angelic Mediation and the Ideological Context of Dante's Angelology

II. The Debate on Angelology. Between Theology and Philosophy 

III. Two Issues in the Angelology of the Thirteenth Century. Dante's Original approach

a. The Creation of Angels and their Nature

b. The Contemplative and Active Functions of Angels

IV. Conclusions


Chapter two - DANTE AND CHRISTIAN ANGELOLOGY. LIMITS AND lNFLUENCE OF TRE PSEUDO- DIONYSIAN TRADITION

1. The Interaction of Biblical and Pseudo-Dionysian Traditions in the Cosmological Context of the Divina Commedia

a. Angelic Hierarchies and Cosmic Order. Dionysius, Aquinas, and Bonaventure

b. The Functional Interpretation of Angels. Saint Paul, Augustine, and Gregory the Great

II. The Intellectual Light

III. The Angelic Hierarchy

a. The Divine Taxis

b. The Angelic Episteme: Order and Science

c. Angelic Energheia and Imitative Theology

d. The Idea of Merit

e. The Divine Mirrors

IV. Conclusions

Chapter three - MOVING TRE STARS: ANGELS AND TRE ORDER OF THE COSMOS

I. Cosmology and Angelology

a. The 'Book' of Stars

b. The Blessed Movers: Angels and Intelligences

c. Dante's Eschatological Cosmology: the order of the Holy Spirit

d. Love, Knowledge, and Dante's Epic Journey. Paradiso I

e. The Desire of Motion Paradiso I

f. Order and Ontology. Paradiso II

g. The Angels and the Mechanics of the Spheres

II. Astrological Determinism and Free Will

III. Conclusions

Chapter four - OTHER ANGELIC OPERATIONS: ANGELS IN PURGATORIO, TRE HEAVENLY MESSENGER, AND BEATRICE

I. The Angels and the Blessed. A Premise

II. The Role of Angels in Purgatorio. Beatitudes and the Gifts the Holy Spirit

III. The Heavenly Messenger (Inferno, IX, 79-I03)

a. The Messo' s Veil

b. The Poetic Impasse 

c. The Virtuous Descent

d. The Angelic Mercury: Eloquence and Wands

IV. Beatrice's Angelic Light

a. The Exceptional Virtue of the Gentilissima Beatrice

b. Beatrice's Angelic Operations

c. The Analogical Model

V. Conclusions

Concluding Remarks - Works cited - Index

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