Consolation Of Philosophy Nce Pa

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  • Copyright: 2009-09-17
  • Publisher: W W NORTON

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The Consolation of Philosophy occupies a central place in the history of Western thought. Its author, Anicius 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. 'œContexts' 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 . 'œCriticism' 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.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. vi
Introductionp. vii
Translator's Prefacep. xix
The Text of The Consolation of Philosophyp. 1
Contextsp. 95
From The Gorgiasp. 97
From The Timaeusp. 107
From The Nicomachean Ethicsp. 114
From On Free Choice of the Willp. 123
Criticismp. 139
Introduction to Boethius: His Life, Thought, and Influencep. 141
The Predicatep. 151
Theodoric vs. Boethius: Vindication and Apologyp. 159
The Fall of Boethius and the Fiction of the Consolation Philosophiaep. 175
Anicius Manlius Severinus Boethiusp. 188
Boethius: A Chronologyp. 199
Selected Bibliographyp. 201
Indexp. 202
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