Interview: Dr. Phil Cary on Dante’s Cosmology, and the 24 Wise People in the Sun.
Join us for a fascinating conversation with Ivy League Professor Dr. Phil Cary, about the structure of Dante’s Cosmology and the 24 wise people in the sphere of the Sun.
We’ll also go through the overall process of descent and ascent, learning and growing, the movement of the souls, and Dr. Cary’s favorite moments of wisdom and beauty from the Divine Comedy!
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Dr. Phillip Cary is Professor of Philosophy at Eastern University in St. Davids, Pennsylvania, where he is also Scholar-in-Residence at the Templeton Honors College. After receiving his B.A. in English Literature and Philosophy from Washington University in St. Louis, Professor Cary earned his M.A. in Philosophy and Ph.D. in Philosophy and Religious Studies from Yale University. Professor Cary is a recent winner of the Lindback Award for excellence in undergraduate teaching at Eastern University. He has also taught at Yale University, the University of Connecticut, and the University of Hartford. As the Arthur J. Ennis Post-Doctoral Fellow at Villanova University, he taught the nationally recognized undergraduate Core Humanities seminars on ancient, medieval, Renaissance, and modern thought. As a scholar, Professor Cary’s specialty is the thought of Augustine, but he has also published scholarly articles on Luther, the doctrine of the Trinity, and personal knowledge. His most recent books include two on Augustine, Inner Grace and Outward Signs, both published by Oxford University Press in 2008, as well as a commentary on the book of Jonah, also in 2008, published by Brazos Press.
Richard Emerson is an Independent Researcher of the Divine Comedy and Medieval Cosmology with undergraduate studies in Art History, Literature History and the Italian Language from 2008, and an ongoing Master’s Degree in Classics at Memoria College with a focus on Ancient and Medieval Philosophy and Theology. His passion and interest for Dante Alighieri comes primarily from a deep personal love of the Divine Comedy, many years of travels and studies in Italy, and from living in Florence for two years in 2013-2014. He has also studied Italian Language at the Scuola Babilonia in Sicily and the Lorenzo di Medici Academia in Florence, and recently completed a course on “Dante e Scienza” at the University of Naples Federico II.
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