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The Debate about Free Will from Dante to Luther: An Interdisciplinary Conference
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The conference aims, within an interdisciplinary approach, to cast light over the issue of freedom of the will in the Renaissance and to discuss the complex evolution of the free will question in the period from Dante to Luther.

4/21/2017
When: Friday, April 21, 2017
10:00 AM
Where: Det Danske Institut i Rom - Danish Academy
Rome
Italy
Contact: Pasquale Terracciano

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The debate about free will from Dante to Luther.
An interdisciplinary conference.
21 April 2017
Det Danske Institut i Rom - Danish Academy


The conference aims, within an interdisciplinary approach, to cast light over the issue of freedom of the will in the Renaissance and to discuss the complex evolution of the free will question in the period from Dante to Luther. In Late Medieval and Early modern Europe the topic, in its numerous forms, is central to various cultural contexts and is debated in many different genres, from literary texts to tracts, by both churchmen and laymen. In order to study how different aspects of such a debate evolve, the question will be issued from a wide span of disciplines (theology, philosophy, cultural history, philology). The conference will therefore explore the theme through three overall questions:

  1. The free will question in different genres: literary texts (poems, dialogues, letters), sermons, tracts and controversies;
  2. Continuity and discontinuity from Medieval to Renaissance philosophy;
  3. Geographical differences: Italy-Northern Europe.

At the end of each session and in the final round table eminent scholars will discuss with the speakers, developing issues and ideas for further research and debate.

The full conference program is available here (PDF).

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