Preface; Introduction: the role of context; Part I. Authority, Reason and Order: 1. Dante's authors; 2. Putting authors to the question; 3. Division and numeration; Part II. Competing Values: 4. Aristotelian values through Dante's eyes; 5. Christian values through Dante's eyes; 6. A courtly value in Dante's hands; Part III. Arch-vices and the Supreme Virtue: 7. Covetousness; 8. Pride; 9. Justice; Part IV. Amid Such Wisdom ('tra cotanto senno'): Preface to Part IV; 10. The worth and vices of Ulysses: a case-study; Notes; Bibliography; Index.
Boyde sheds light on Dante's Comedy by restoring it to its intellectual and literary context.
Patrick Boyde is Serena Professor of Italian in the University of Cambridge and Fellow of St John's College. He is the author of Dante's Style in his Lyric Poetry (Cambridge,1971) and Night Thoughts on Italian Poetry and Art (Cambridge,1985). Human Vices and Human Worth in Dante's Comedy is the third book in his trilogy, which also comprises Dante Philomythes and Philosopher: Man in the Cosmos (Cambridge,1981), and Perception and Passion in Dante's Comedy'(Cambridge,1993).
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