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Angels: Paradiso 28 and 29

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This chapter is given over to the discussion of the angelic orders (derived from pseudo-Dionysius) and to their creation, and including the fall of the rebel angels, the concerns of the book in asking what space Dante gives to the material world in Paradiso, and whether it is dismissed in favour of the immaterial and spiritual, represented by angels, find their most developed form. The chapter analyses what Dante understands by ‘prime matter’, seeing this as finally an unassimilable force within any account of creation, and indicating a problem which the text cannot quite resolve. Clashes of argument between Aristotle and Genesis and something in Genesis itself make prime matter, in brief, that which precedes creation, and imposes a dualism upon it, and confuses chronology and any system which would try to maintain a single purity.

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