The Dante Debate - Part 1

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The Dante Debate - Part 1

Co-organised with Dr Robert Wilson (St Andrews). This is a series of public debates focusing on Dante and the relationship of his texts to contemporary society. Presented by the Lectura Dantis Andreapolitana (LDA), in collaboration with Sacro (a Community Justice Voluntary Organisation), The Howard League for Penal Reform and Glasgow Life.
The first LDA Dante Debate, at the Kelvingrove Art Gallery in Glasgow, discussed 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.

Each member of the panel presented a particular perspective on sin, or crime, or evil, based on their particular expertise, knowledge and/or experience. Then the floor opened to the public for any questions, views, or observations.
Period22 Apr 2012
Event typeConference
LocationGlasgow, United KingdomShow on map


  • Dante
  • Literature
  • Dante today
  • Sin
  • Evil
  • Theology
  • Moral philosophy