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Dante’s Paradiso and the Theological Origins of Modern Thought: Toward a Speculative Philosophy of S

AcknowledgmentsSelf-Reflexion and Lyricism in the ParadisoLyric Poetics of Presence through Self-Reflection in the ParadisoNarcissus and the Reality of ReflectionMetaphorical Poetics of Invisible PresenceFrom Formalist Poetics to the Paradise of Poetic LanguageOrientation to Philosophical Logics and Rhetorics of Self-ReflexivitySelf-Reflexive Lyricism and IneffabilitySelf-Reflexivity as an Eminent Way of Theological TranscendenceLanguage of the Other as Reflection of Trinitarian and Incarnational TheologyI The Paradiso’s Theology of Language and its Lyric OriginsThe Self-Reflexive Trinitarian Structure of God and CreationThe Self-Reflective Structure of Language Made ManifestThe Abyss of Godhead and the Self-Reflexive Being of LanguageBeyond Representation—Origins of Lyric Reflection in NothingTroubadour Origins of Lyric Self-Transcendence in NothingSocial Dimension and Sitz-im-Leben of Troubadour LyricPrimary Narcissism or the Death Duel of Self with NothingThe Circularity of Song—and its Mystic UpshotSelf-Reflexive Fulfillment in Lyric Tradition and its Theological Troping by DanteThe Lark Motif and its EchoesOntological Resonances of Self-ReflectionAn Otherness Beyond Objective Representation and ReferenceThe Mother Bird’s Vigil—Canto XXIII and the Lyric CircleLyrical Self-Reflexiveness as Foretaste of ParadiseLyric Self-Reflection and the Creation of TimeIneffability in the Round—and its BreakthroughCircles of (Self-)Reflection from the Core of Creation to the Trinitarian GodheadThe Broken-Open Circle or ChiasmusThe Substance of Creation as Divine Self-ReflectionSelf-Reflexivity as Trinitarian and IncarnationalEclipse of Trinity and Incarnation as Models of Transcendence through Self-ReflectionNarcissus and his Redemption by DanteDivine NarcissusII Self-Reflection on the Threshold between the Middle Ages and ModernitySelf-Reflective Refoundation of Consciousness in PhilosophySelf-Reflection and the OtherFrom Postmodern to Premodern Critique of Self-Reflection—Egolology versus TheologySelf-Reflection in the Turning from Medieval to Modern EpistemologyCrisis of Conflicting Worldviews and Duns ScotusDuns’s Original Concept—Univocal BeingToward the Self-Reflexive Formation of Transcendental ConceptsSeverance of Theory from Practice, Disentangling of Infinite from Finite, by Transcendental ReflectionScotus’s Discovery of a New Path for Metaphysics—Intensities of BeingScotus’s Formal DistinctionThe Intensional Object of Onto-theology as Transcendental SciencePhenomenological Reduction and the Univocity of BeingThe Epistemological Turn in the Formal Understanding of BeingSignification of the Real and an Autonomous Sphere for RepresentationObjective Representation—Beyond Naming and Desiring the DivineThe Good as Sought through Will without Intellect—SubjectivityConceptual Production of “Objective” Being—The Way of RepresentationThe Paradigm of Representation and Dante’s Alternative VersionFrom Logical (Dis)Analogy to Imaginative Conjecture versus the Forgetting of BeingReflective Repetition Realized in the Supersensible Reality of WillingFichte’s Absolutization—and Overcoming—of Self-ReflectionFichte’s Reversal of Reflection into RevelationFrom Religious to Poetic Revelation—Novalis, Schlegel, Schelling, Hölderlin, and HamannFrom Analogy to MetaphorHenry of Ghent and Analogical ImaginationSecular and Theological in Dante and DunsUnivocity as Ground of the Autonomy of the SecularThe Fate of Negative Theology in ScotusCoda on Scotus and ModalityPossible Worlds and Possibility as Greater than ActualityArabic Epistemology of Reflection of TranscendenceIII The Origin of Language in Reflection and the Breaking of its CircuitsThe Tradition of Self-Reflection and Modern Self-ForgettingSelf-Negating and Self-Transcending Self-ReflectionThe Original Event of Language in Modern Lyric TraditionThe Individual and the Other—A Mirror RelationThe New Rhetoric of Reflexivity in Geoffrey de VinsaufPoetic Self-Referentiality as Creative Source—From Paradiso to les SymbolistesThe Paradox of Lyric as Song of the Self—Deflected to the OtherSelf and Other between Order and Chance—Ambiguity in Lyric LanguageLanguage beyond Representation—Repetition and PerformativityFrom Reference to Repetition—The Production of PresenceFrom Modern Philosophies of Repetition to Lyric as Non-Identical RepetitionQuest for the Origin of Language—From De vulgari eloquentia to the ParadisoDante’s Recovery of Speculative Metaphysics as ProductiveReferentially Empty Signs and Semiotic PlenitudeSum—Lyric as Self-Manifestation of Language and its Ontological Power of CreationIV Self-Reflection, Speculation, and RevelationLacanian Psychoanalytics of Self-love: From the In-fantile to the DivineFormal Linguistic Approaches to Self-ReflexivityVindicating the Aesthetic Autonomy of the Linguistic SignSocial and Theological Perspectives—Language as Fallen and as ResurrectedFormalist Theory of the Poem and Agamben’s “La fine del poema”Self-Reflexivity and Self-Transcendence—Toward the UnknownThe Ambiguity of Self-Reflection in Contemporary Thought and HistoryThe Ambiguity of Self-Reflection as Means to Self-Transcendence or as End-in-ItselfCritical Wisdom versus Technological FramingSelf-Reflection in the Tension between Science and MysticismThe Historical Turn of Self-Reflection in Vico’s New ScienceDialectic and Coincidence of Secular and SacredReflecting to the Origins of ThinkingSelf-Reflective Imagining of the Unknowable: From Vico to DanteThe Unknown and One’s Own LimitsCyclical Repetition of Birth to Humanity and BarbarismSelf-Reflexivity in Paradiso and the Secular Destiny of the WestGay Science as Immediacy of Self-Reflective KnowingLanguage as Speculative Mirroring of the Whole of Being in the Word—GadamerFrom Philosophical Idealism to Linguistic OntologyLanguage as Revelation or RevealmentLanguage as Disclosure in Lyric Time—Heidegger, Heraclitus, and UnconcealmentRevelation and Re-Veiling—From Purgatorio XXIX–XXXIII to ParadisoV Dante’s Redemption of Narcissus and the Spiritual Vocation of Poetry as an Exercise in Self-ReflectionLyric Subjectivity and Narcissism—Totalization and TranscendenceLyric Poetics and Psychoanalytical SubjectificationFrom Lyric Idealization to Epic Spiritual Journey of Self-PerfectionNarcissus Redeemed—Positive Precedents from PlotinusLyric Self-Reflection and the Subversion of the ProperLyric Language as Spiritual Knowledge in its Sensual Immediacy—Orphic EchoesThe Exaltation of Technique in the Troubadours and in Dante’s Stony RhymesLyric Reflexivity in Panoptic Historical-Philosophical Perspective—Troubadours, Christianity, and RomanticismRomantic Singularity as a New Universal ReflexivityDante’s Narcissus Redeemed—A Perennial Paradigm for Contemporary ThoughtEpilogue: Reflexive Stylistics in the Language of ParadisoPostscript on Method: From Genealogy to Apophatics

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