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Episode 33: Dante’s Purgatorio

2021 marks the 700th anniversary of Dante Alighieri’s death in Ravenna. This is the second of three episodes exploring Dante’s The Divine Comedy, with Professor Matthew Rothaus Moser (Theology, Honors College, Azusa Pacific University). In this episode, we discuss Dante’s vision of Purgatory, a place where sin is healed and the soul purified, so that a person can become truly free to enjoy the good. ¶ I hope you enjoy our conversation. ¶ Matthew Rothaus Moser joined the Honors College faculty at Azusa Pacific University in Fall 2020 after teaching for seven years in the Theology Department at Loyola University Maryland. He has won two awards for excellence in teaching: the first from Baylor University (2013), the second from Loyola University Maryland’s Center for Humanities (2016). In addition to essays and book chapters on the theology of reading, theological aesthetics, and theology and literature, he has also published Love Itself is Understanding: Hans Urs von Balthasar’s Theology of the Saints (Fortress Press, 2016)...

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Episode 33: Dante’s Purgatorio
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THE LIMITS OF SENSE AND REASON: A Line-By-Line Critical Commentary on Kant’s “Critique of Pure Reason,” #13–What is “the Secure Path of a Science”?
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The Fallacy of Inevitability: From Chattel Slavery to Digital Technology.
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A Theory of Human Dignity, #6–How Nonideal Can a World Be?
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THE LIMITS OF SENSE AND REASON: A Line-By-Line Critical Commentary on Kant’s “Critique of Pure Reason,” #12–The B Preface & Kant’s Notorious Remarks About Logic.
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Finite and Infinite Games: A Vision of Life as Play and Possibility.
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A Theory of Human Dignity, #5–A Metaphysical Definition of Real Personhood.
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