Volume 1 considers some of the key theological influences on Dante. The contributors discuss what ‘doctrine’ might have meant for Dante and consider the poet’s engagement with key theological figures and currents in his time including: Christian Aristotelian and scholastic thought, including that of Thomas Aquinas; Augustine; Plato and Platonic thought; Gregory the Great; and notions of beatific vision. Each essay offers an overview of its topic and opens up new avenues for future study. Together they capture the energy of current research in the field, test the limits of our current knowledge and set the future study of Dante’s theology on firm ground.
Claire E. Honess and Matthew Treherne Introduction
1 Reviewing Dante’s Theology, which forms the first two volumes of the book series Leeds Studies on Dante, is the product of a workshop held in April 2008 in the Leeds Humanities Research Institute at the University of Leeds, organized by the Leeds Centre for Dante Studies, and of a subse- quent seminar held at the University of Cambridge in November 2008. The workshop aimed to take stock of what had become a vibrant field of study, and to suggest future directions for research. Each participant was invited to present an overview of a particular topic, to sum up the achieve- ments of scholarship so far, and to suggest some of the future directions for research. Crucially, by bringing together researchers working on diverse aspects of Dante’s theology, we aimed to avoid the danger of fragmenta- tion which often accompanies a major topic in a vast field such as Dante studies. Collectively, we wished to test the boundaries of that field. The spirit and tone of the conversations at our workshops ref lect the energy currently being devoted to these questions, a genuine willingness on the part of participants to learn from each other and to share ideas, and a common acknowledgment that the study of Dante’s theology needed to be a shared, rather than an individual, endeavour. These two volumes of essays, which ref lect both the range and focus of discussions at the workshops, are an invitation to others to join that endeavour. Each essay takes stock of...
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