Dante Was Manly

I don’t want you to choke on a surfeit of links to the Art of Manliness website, but there is another recent post there that dovetails perfectly with the Western Tradition: Andrew Ratelle’s “Lessons in Manliness from Dante.”

Ratelle’s main ideas on what men can take from Dante are as follows:

  1. Never underestimate the power of a well-rounded mind.
  2. Learn as much from experience as you do from books.
  3. Accept the consequences of your own moral vision.
  4. At the end of the day, a man lives the life he chooses.

To all of which, I say a hearty “Amen.”

Ratelle also links to some further reading on Dante. Check it out.

About Dr. J

I am Professor of Humanities at Faulkner University, where I chair the Department of Humanities and direct online M.A. and Ph.D. programs based on the Great Books of Western Civilization. I am also Associate Editor of the Journal of Faith and the Academy and a member of the faculty at Liberty Classroom.
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