Dante's Deadly Sins: Moral Philosophy In Hell

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Dante’s Deadly Sins is a unique study of the moralphilosophy behind Dante’s master work that considers theCommedia as he intended, namely, as a practical guide tomoral betterment. Focusing on Inferno and Purgatorio,Belliotti examines the puzzles and paradoxes of Dante’s moralassumptions, his treatment of the 7 deadly sins, and how 10 of hismost powerful moral lessons anticipate modern existentialism.

  • Analyzes the moral philosophy underpinning one of the greatestworks of world culture
  • Summarizes the Inferno and Purgatorio, whileunderscoring their moral implications
  • Explains and evaluates Dante’s understanding of the‘Seven Deadly Sins’ and the ultimate role they play asthe basis of human transgression.
  • Provides a detailed discussion of the philosophical concepts ofmoral desert and the law of contrapasso, using charactercase studies within Dante’s work
  • Connects the poem’s moral themes to our own contemporarycondition

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The Commedia, Dante's powerful vision of the afterlife andhuman punishment, is one of the great works of world culture. InDante's Deadly Sins, Raymond Angelo Belliotti expertly draws newand unique insights from the poem, analyzsing it in moral termsthat connect the poem's themes to our own contemporary condition.In so doing, Belliotti demonstrates remarkable parallels betweenthis classic piece of literature and modern life.

Dante's Inferno and Purgatorio arepermeated with disturbing images of sinners who become theirsins: gluttons mangled and themselves consumed, the lustful forevercaught in a chaotic wind. Belliotti emphasizes the moralimplications of these poems, explaining and evaluating Dante'sunderstanding of the "'Seven Deadly Sins"' and the ultimate rolethey play as the basis of human transgression.

By examining the Commedia as a work of moral philosophyrather than a historical account of Dante's firm belief inChristian theology, Belliotti considers Dante's master work as itwas intended, - namely, as a practical guide to moral betterment.Revealing a broad framework for leading a good life that can beshared by both religious believers and secular existentialists,Dante's Deadly Sins demonstrates that Dante and existentialphilosophy have much to teach us about living a meaningfullife.

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Raymond Angelo Belliotti is SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor of Philosophy at the State University of New York at Fredonia. He has published ten other books, including What Is the Meaning of Human Life? (2001), Happiness Is Overrated (2004), Watching Baseball Seeing Philosophy (2008), Niccolò Machiavelli (2008), and Roman Philosophy and the Good Life (2009). Belliotti has received the SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching, the William T. Hagan Young Scholar/Artist Award, the Kasling Lecture Award for Excellence in Research and Scholarship, and the SUNY Foundation Research and Scholarship Recognition Award.

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