Dante's Paradiso: The Flowering of the Self : an Interpretation of the Anagogical Meaning
This book interprets the Paradiso on the level of the anagogy, the fourth level in Dante's fourfold allegory. The anagogy is seen as the most accessible of all the allegorical levels to the modern reader. The anagogical approach to the Paradiso takes the reader through the states of self-awareness, purification, and creative unfolding. In the concluding chapter, the thought of the Paradiso is placed in the spiritual and philosophical tradition of Neoplatonism, connecting it to Plotinus, Proclus, and the entire Christian neoplatonic philosophy from Origen to St. Bernard.
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the Anagogical Meaning
The World of the Self
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allegory amor anagogical meaning appearance ascent attain Beatrice beautiful lie become Cacciaguida called Canto Chalcidius circle Comedy complete contemplation Contrapasso Convivio Cunizza Dante Dante's desire divine earth earthly Empyrean eternal justice experience of love faith fece fire follow freedom fulfillment fully harmony Heaven of Venus Holy hope human nature illusion imagery images individual intellectual maturity intuition Joachim Joachim of Fiore journey Jupiter Justinian knowledge light living manifest metaphors mind movement neoplatonic neoplatonists paradise perfect humanity personal revelation Piccarda pleasure Plotinus poem poet potentiality Primum Mobile Proclus progress Purgatory question reality reflect eternal Saturn self-sacrifice sense shines simile soul sphere spiritual infancy symbolized temporal existence temporal realm temporal world true truth turn ultimate understanding unfolding union universe VIII virtue vision visionary voice wisdom XVII XVIII XXII XXIV XXIX XXVI XXVII XXXI