Dante's Paradiso: The Flowering of the Self : an Interpretation of the Anagogical Meaning

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Pace University Press, 1989 - Literary Criticism - 231 pages
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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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Contents

the Anagogical Meaning
1
Awakening
23
The World of the Self
33
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\John Saly is Professor Emeritus in Residence at Pace University and the author of Prophets of a New Age in Modern Literature.

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