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Unformatted text preview: P RIMUM MOBILE Going beyond 1 T EMPORALITY , LIMITS Time passes during the Paradiso 2nd look down all of the arc of the first clime, from its midpoint to end (90), one quadrant mad track of Ulysses; the whole thing this threshing floor 27.86 laiuola che ci fa tanto feroci 21.151 2 T HE LIMITS OF TIME or, rather, its origin 3 P RIMUM MOBILE or, rather, its origin The nature of the world, which stills its center and moves all the rest around here begins as from its goal ( meta goal or starting point) Par 27.106-108. 4 C ANTOS 27-29: N EARING THE E ND Last looks at the earth 2 looks down from sphere of fixed stars 21.127-154; 27.97-99 Peter delivers a tirade on the usurpation of my place, my place, my place (27.22) Beatrice, also concerned about lack of governance on earth, predicts that the moving of the heavens (time, nature) will produce change (27.121) 5 D ANTE AND THE 3- SPHERE What is at the edge of the universe? Mark A. Peterson, American Journal of Physics 47(12) Dec. 1979. 6 P RIMUM MOBILE The limit of time or, rather, its origin The nature of the universe, which holds the center still and moves all else around it, begins here as from its meta (goal or starting point) Par 27.106-108. 7 T HE PRIMUM MOBILE : WHAT IS IT ? It is the measure of all other motions ( Par 27. 115-116) It is the flowerpot of time e come il tempo tegna in cotal testo le sue radici e ne li altri le fronde ( Par 27.118-119) 8 T HE PRIMUM MOBILE : CAN TIME TURN ITSELF AROUND ? Beatrices tirade against greed time brings decadence Faith and innocence are found only in little ones; then both flee before the cheeks are covered (27.129) This one, while still a babbler, loves and and obeys his mother, and later, with full command of speech, desires to see her buried (27.133-134) But a time will come that these supernal wheels will ray down ( raggeran s questi cerchi superni ) that the sterns will be where the prows are now. A return to innocence, balbuzendo ancor 9 T URNING AROUND an upward snowstorm S come di vapor gelati fiocca As with frozen vapors our air snows downward when the horn of the heavenly Goat touches the sun, so did I see the aether grow adorned and snow upward with the triumphant vapors that had sojourned there with us (27.67-72) 10 END OR BEGINNING? Primum Mobile where time has its roots, where motion takes its start. But what contains this first moveable? What moves it ? Dantes creed expressed in Exam on faith: I believe in one true God, sole and eternal, who, Himself not moved , moves all the spheres by love and with desire. ( Parad. 24.130-134) 11 T HE PRIMUM MOBILE THE WHERE AND WHEN OF THE UNIVERSE BUT WHERE IS IT ?...
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This note was uploaded on 04/24/2011 for the course ITALIAN 333 taught by Professor Cornish during the Winter '11 term at University of Michigan.

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