The Dante Debate 1

Activity: Talk or presentation typesPublic lecture/debate/seminar


Presented by the Lectura Dantis Andreapolitana (LDA), in collaboration with Sacro (a Community Justice Voluntary Organisation), The Howard League for Penal Reform (a Penal Reform charity), and Glasgow Life.

2.00pm - 3.00pm, Sunday 22 April 2012 - Kelvingrove Art Gallery, Glasgow
Free and open to the public.

What is the worst thing someone could do? Which sin, or crime, or evil deed would we place at the bottom of Hell? Why?

The first LDA Dante Debate discusses sin and evil, taking Dante’s organisation of Hell as the starting point for comparison with and discussion of our views today.
The panel

Sarah Broadie, Wardlaw Professor of Moral Philosophy at the University of St Andrews, specializes in Classical Philosophy, and metaphysics and ethics, modern and ancient.

Tom Halpin, Chief Executive of Sacro, previously Deputy Chief Constable of Lothian & Borders Police, Divisional Commander for North Glasgow.

Craig Murray, Advocate at Compass Chambers, Edinburgh, and Board member of The Howard League for Penal Reform Scotland.

Robert Wilson, Lecturer in Italian at the University of St Andrews, co-organiser of the Lectura Dantis Andreapolitana, researches and teaches on Dante.

You… Anyone attending the discussion may participate – ask any questions, or share their thoughts on the subject.

Dante has a very precisely organised map of wrong-doing, including a gradation of sins, so that, in his conception of Hell, fraud is worse than violence, gluttony is worse than lust, and so on.

Each member of our panel will present a particular perspective on sin, or crime, or evil, based on their particular expertise, knowledge and/or experience. Then the floor will be open to the public for any questions, views, or observations.

This event is complementary to the LDA lecture series. The first of two discussion sessions, it is focused on Dante's Inferno.

Organiser, Panel Chair and Speaker
Period22 Apr 2012
Held atKelvingrove Art Gallery, United Kingdom