Dante’s PARADISE, Canto 12: UNDERSTANDING PARTS AND WHOLES

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UNDERSTANDING PARTS AND WHOLES

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wisdom consists of

understanding parts and wholes,

among other things

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NOTE: The moment that Saint Thomas Aquinas stops speaking, the circle of souls he is in begins to revolve and dance again. Before it has revolved in a complete circle, a second circle of souls joins it.

Two facts about wisdom are that it is communal and it is cumulative. We see that it is communal because these souls are in groups. We see that it is cumulative because a second group of souls has joined the first group of souls. The two wheels of souls are interacting with each other. One of the things that this means is that wisdom consists of, in part, understanding parts and wholes. Wisdom is, in part, understanding the way that things fit together and the way that things interact with each other.

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