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Dumol, Paul Arvisu
The Metaphysics of Reading Underlying Dante's «Commedia»
The Ingegno
New York, Bern, Berlin, Frankfurt/M., Paris, Wien, 1998. XVI, 239 pp.
Studies in the Humanities: Literature - Politics - Society. Vol. 35
General Editor: Guy Mermier
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Book synopsis
In Dante's Commedia, Beatrice informs Dante that the souls he sees in the sphere of the moon do not actually inhabit it. They are in the lowest
celestial sphere as a sign of the rank they occupy in heaven. This manner of communicating with Dante, she says has been necessitated by the
nature of the human being's ingegno (intellect), to which the divine communication that is Dante's meeting with the souls is addressed. Taking
this passage as a succinct explanation of the manner in which the Commedia was written, this study investigates what Dante refers to as the
ingegno. All uses of ingegno in the Commedia are examined, and the conception of the ingegno that emerges is traced to its sources.
About the author(s)/editor(s)
The Author: Paul Arvisu Dumol is the Vice President for Academic Affairs of the University of Asia and the Pacific, Philippines, where he lectures
on philosophy and the aesthetics of film. He has a Licentiate in Mediaeval Studies from the Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies (Toronto)
and a Ph.D. in Mediaeval Studies from the University of Toronto. Dr. Dumol is a major Philippine playwright, writing in Tagalog; his Paglilitis ni
Mang Serapio (The Trial of Mang Serapio, 1968) is regarded by critics as the first modernist play in Philippine theater.
Reviews
«Paul Dumol's study of the 'ingegno' in Dante's 'Commedia', which he links to the faculty of the practical intellect and whose derivation he traces
principally to Aquinas's commentary on Aristotle's 'Nicomachean Ethics', provides an illuminating and rigorous analysis of an important concept.
He writes lucidly and displays an extensive and sound knowledge of scholastic philosophy and theology. This is an original study: I know of no
other extended examination of the use of the term 'ingegno' in the 'sacro poema'. Dumol's contribution, as intelligent as it is persuasive, will
appeal to Dantists and medievalists alike.» (Richard Lansing, Professor of Italian and Comparative Literature, Brandeis University, Waltham,
Massachusetts)
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