Jacopo Ortis e il culto di Dante - Sergio Cristaldi - Vita e Pensiero - Articolo Filosofia Neo-Scolastica Vita e Pensiero

Jacopo Ortis e il culto di Dante

digital Jacopo Ortis e il culto di Dante
Issue RIVISTA DI FILOSOFIA NEO-SCOLASTICA - 2021 - 1 (Supplemento). Dante, la filosofia e la teologia in occasione del VII centenario della morte
Title Jacopo Ortis e il culto di Dante
Jacopo Ortis and the Cult of Dante
Publisher Vita e Pensiero
Format Article | Pdf
Online da 07-2021
Doi 10.26350/001050_000266
Issn 0035-6247 (print) | 1827-7926 (digital)
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Foscolo admired Dante from the time of his youth, and he devotes a lot of space to him in the Ultime lettere di Jacopo Ortis, where he emphasizes above all the Florentine’s exemplary life, rather than his  work. For the protagonist of this epistolary novel, Dante, because of his heroic behaviour, is yardstick of moral choices. This ethical interpretation entails the elimination of Dante’s theology and in particular of the eschatological dimension. Jacopo Ortis, on the other hand, directs the cult of the great medieval poet towards a self-destructive horizon: for him to speak with Dante is to converse with death.


Foscolo, Ortis, Death, Dante

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Università degli Studi di Catania. Email: scristal@unict.it


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