Dante, Duns Scotus, and the Crisis of Representation in the Modern Age | Newberry

Dante, Duns Scotus, and the Crisis of Representation in the Modern Age

La Comedia di Dante Aligieri con la nova espositione di Alessandro Vellutello, Venice, 1544 (Case YD 0544)

Friday, December 10, 2021

9:30-4:30 pm CT

Newberry Library

Led by William Franke, Vanderbilt University

Dante’s Commedia, with its emphasis on ineffability, bears witness to a crisis of representation concerning God, but more generally with regard to reality. Dante’s contemporary, John Duns Scotus feels the same crisis and works out a response of world-historical significance. Whereas Scotus’s metaphysical doctrine of the univocity of being leads to the scientific worldview, Dante keeps representation open to another world of mystical-religious experience. The world is no longer representable directly as literal-historical truth, but poetic allegory and metaphor gain access to truth higher and more whole than empirical fact. This workshop explores this crisis of representation that produces our contemporary secular world.

Due to the ongoing uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic, some or all of this workshop may be available virtually.

Learn more about the instructor, William Franke.

Cost and Registration Information 

This workshop is free and open to all, but space is limited and registration is required. Priority will be given to faculty and students from CRS consortium institutions. Consortium members may also be eligible for Consortium Grants to attend. Registration will begin soon. The registration deadline is June 1, 2021.