Dante Conference

November 14-15, 2019

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This conference will explore how Dante’s Commedia can inform philosophical reflection, broadly construed. By “philosophy,” we intend and envision a capacious and generous spirit of investigation, one which takes Dante’s poem as a foundation for inquiry into reality. The conference will examine how theological, literary, poetic, and other cross-disciplinary approaches might contribute in significant ways to a seeking of wisdom in and through The Divine Comedy.

Philosophy and the Divine Comedy will bring together scholars who can speak across disciplines to discuss how The Divine Comedy enriches our reading of perennial philosophical themes, and contributes to the task of philosophy in the present day.

Philosophy and the Divine Comedy: An International Conference is sponsored by a grant from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Villanova University. It is also co-sponsored by the Office for Mission and Ministry, and the Augustine and Culture Seminar Program at Villanova University.

  • What do Dante’s depictions of the damned, the saved, and the blessed tell us about personal freedom?
  • What do the figures encountered disclose about beauty and the mediating role of the body?
  • What does Dante’s ascent illustrate about the meaning and destiny of erotic desire?
  • How does Dante’s portrayal of the structure of the cosmos bear on an account of being and finitude?
  • What does Dante’s attention to the comportment of souls contribute to a phenomenology of the person?
  • How does the poem reflect the link between philosophical thinking and creative poiesis?

All conference events will take place in the Connelly Center on the campus of Villanova University. 


A map of the Villanova Campus, along with information about visiting campus, can be found here.

Nearby Hotels


Radnor Hotel

591 E. Lancaster Avenue

St. Davids, PA 19087

Phone: 610 688 5800


The Inn at Villanova University

601 County Line Road

Radnor, PA 19087

Phone: 610 519 8000


Devon Courtyard

762 Lancaster Avenue

Wayne, PA 19087

Phone: 610 687 6633

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