September 3, 2014

Paideia Lecture Series | Dante’s Divine Comedy – A Medieval Masterpiece and the Modern Search For Meaning

by Tom Gourlay

The Dawson Society for Philosophy and Culture was thrilled to have secure Professor John Kinder of the University of Western Australia to deliver the Society’s inaugural Paideia Lecture Series.

Professor Kinder, recent recipient of the prestigious Commendatore della Stella d’Italia (Commander of the Star of Italy) award, gave a six week presentation on Dante’s Divine Comedy – A Medieval Masterpiece and the Modern Search For Meaning.

John Kinder

Following on from an introductory lecture given at the Dawson Society Speakers Forum, Professor Kinder expliored themes of experience, desire and sanctification in the Divine Comedy, working particularly from the recent translation by Clive James.

Below are links to each of the six lectures given by Professor Kinder on the grounds at the University of Notre Dame Australia’s Fremantle campus. Kinder devoted two lectures to each part, Hell, Purgatory and Heaven, the first of the two served as a broad introduction, and the second looked in detail at one canto in that particular section.

Introductory lecture 

Lecture one: Hell 1

Lecture two: Hell 2

Lecture three: Purgatory 1

Lecture four: Purgatory 2

Lecture five: Heaven 1

Lecture six: Heaven 2

 

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