PHIL 6016/PHIL 4746: Ethical and Political Theory



Taught by Dr. Seamus O’Neill

Monday & Wednesday, 2:00-3:15


In this course we will read the Divine Comedy of Dante Alighieri including the Inferno, Purgatorio, and Paradiso. Throughout our reading, in addition to referencing other of Dante’s works, we will examine the philosophical influences on Dante’s epic poem including the positions and doctrines of Plato and Aristotle, Boethius and Augustine, Bonaventure and Aquinas, and explore philosophically and theologically the various religious themes in the work: the existence and nature of evil, the relation between the soul and body, divine mediation, sin and redemption, nature, morality, and God.