Consolation of Philosophy

ISBN-10: 0393930718
ISBN-13: 9780393930719
Edition: 2009
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Description: The Consolation of Philosophy occupies a central place in the history of Western thought. Its author, Amicus Manlius Severinus Boethius (ca. 476–526 c.e.), was a Roman philosopher, scholar, and statesman who wrote The Consolation of Philosophy  More...

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List price: $15.02
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company, Incorporated
Publication date: 9/29/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 224
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.462
Language: English

The Consolation of Philosophy occupies a central place in the history of Western thought. Its author, Amicus Manlius Severinus Boethius (ca. 476–526 c.e.), was a Roman philosopher, scholar, and statesman who wrote The Consolation of Philosophy while in a remote prison awaiting his execution on dubious political charges. The text of this Norton Critical Edition is based on the translation by Richard H. Green. It is accompanied by the editor’s preface and full-scale introduction to the work, the translator’s preface, and explanatory annotations. “Contexts” reprints selections from the texts that Boethius drew upon for his own work. These include excerpts from two of Plato’s Dialogues (Gorgias and Timaeus), from Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics , and from Augustine’s On Free Choice of the Will . “Criticism” collects five wide-ranging essays by major scholars of Boethius. Henry Chadwick presents a general introduction to Boethius’s life and works. Nelson Pike presents a clear and insightful interpretation of what Boethius means by writing that God is eternal (timeless). The final three essays—by William Bark, Edmund Reiss, and John Marenbon—all depart from traditional readings of The Consolation of Philosophy in significant ways and are sure to stimulate classroom discussion. A Chronology of Boethius’s life and work and a Selected Bibliography are also included.

Douglas C. Langston is Professor of Philosophy and Religion at the New College of the University of Southern Florida. His previous book, God's Willing Knowledg e, was published by Penn State Press in 1986.

Preface
Introduction
Translator's Preface
The Text of The Consolation of Philosophy
Contexts
From The Gorgias
From The Timaeus
From The Nicomachean Ethics
From On Free Choice of the Will
Criticism
Introduction to Boethius: His Life, Thought, and Influence
The Predicate
Theodoric vs. Boethius: Vindication and Apology
The Fall of Boethius and the Fiction of the Consolation Philosophiae
Anicius Manlius Severinus Boethius
Boethius: A Chronology
Selected Bibliography
Index

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