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December 4, 2020 at 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM EST



Dante is one of the greatest poets in the West, and he is also a superb Thomist. He not only represents the ethics, philosophical psychology, and philosophical theology of Aquinas, but he extends the Thomist worldview by enfleshing it in gripping stories and memorable images. In this short course, we will consider the nature and structure of Dante’s Inferno, and then we will look in detail at his representation and exposition of the sins of opportunism, lust, gluttony, avarice, wrath, and treachery. We will learn something about the way in which Dante uses narrative and poetic devices to illuminate deep truths about human life, and we will also gain insight into the powerful Christian worldview Aquinas inherits and passes on.

Friday – 12/4

Tuesday – 12/8

Friday – 12/11

Tuesday – 12/15

4:00 – 6:00 pm EST

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Eleonore Stump is the Robert J. Henle Professor of Philosophy at Saint Louis University. She is an Honorary Professor at Wuhan University and at the Logos Institute, St. Andrews, and a Professorial Fellow at Australian Catholic University. She has published extensively in philosophy of religion, contemporary metaphysics, and medieval philosophy. Her books include Aquinas (2003), Wandering in Darkness: Narrative and the Problem of Suffering (2010), and Atonement (2018). She has given the Gifford Lectures (Aberdeen, 2003), the Wilde lectures (Oxford, 2006), the Stewart lectures (Princeton, 2009), and the Stanton lectures (Cambridge, 2018). She is past president of the Society of Christian Philosophers, the American Catholic Philosophical Association, and the American Philosophical Association, Central Division; and she is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.


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