[FS 3663]  Dante’s Monarchia, Aquinas and the Sources of Temporal Power (seminar) – 23.24

Semestre I
giovedi 14:30 - 16:15

Informazioni sul corso

Prof: MCCAFFERY, Patrick
Email: xw [email protected]

Lingua: Inglese
Programma: Licenza
Semestre I
giovedi 14:30 - 16:15


This seminar puts into conversation Dante’s political thought (as it is presented in his late political masterpiece, De Monarchia) with Aquinas’s in De Regno and Summa theologiae. Students will make use of the Latin text of Dante’s De Monarchia alongside Prue Shaw’s excellent Cambridge Texts translation. We will explore the “theory of the two suns” or the relationship between spiritual and temporal power in the works of both medieval thinkers. Furthermore, the seminar will close in on a rather contentious issue in the current Catholic political philosophical discourse involving “integralism.” Students will likewise engage those contemporary political philosophers and theorists who work in, or from the Thomistic tradition, including (but not limited to): John Finnis, Robert George, Martin Rhonheimer, Ryan Anderson, Kevin Vallier, William McCormick, Adrian Vermeule, Thomas Pink.


Dante: Monarchy, edited by Prue Shaw; ISBN: 0521567815 ; The Political Ideas of St. Thomas Aquinas, edited by Dino Bigongiari; ISBN: 0684836416 ; Dante as Political Theorist: Reading Monarchia, by Maria Luisa Ardizzone; ISBN: 1527516512; The Monarchia Controversy, by Anthony K. Cassell; ISBN: 081321338X ; The Christian Structure of Politics: On the De Regno of Thomas Aquinas, by William McCormick; ISBN: 0813237092.