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Boethius (477–524)

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Born of a distinguished family, Boethius received the best possible education in the liberal arts in Athens and then entered public life under Theodoric the Ostrogoth, ruler of Italy. Boethius obtained the highest office, but was later accused of treason, imprisoned, and executed. In the dungeon of vis mere Alvanzano, near Milan, during his imprisonment, he composed "The Consolation of Philosophy," a remarkable piece of prose literature as well as philosophy. Boethius's outlook, like that of all the Church Fathers, was Platonistic, but he preserved much of the elementary logic of Aristotle. Boethius reported in his commentaries the views of Aristotelians even when they disagreed with his Platonism. Thus he created an interest in Aristotle in subsequent centuries and provided a basis for the introduction of Aristotle's works into Europe in the twelfth and thirteenth centuries. Boethius was put to death in 526. (Bowker Author Biography) vis mindre
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Værker af Boethius

The Consolation of Philosophy (0525) 5,151 eksemplarer
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Boethius Collection: 2 Books (2016) 1 eksemplar
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Anicius Manlius Severinus Boëthius
San Pietro in Ciel d'Oro, Pavia, Italy
Rome, Italy
Pavia, Italy



Escrita na prisão por um condenado à morte, essa obra latina do século VI não deve nada, ou deve muito pouco, às circunstâncias "trágicas" de sua composição. Trata-se de uma obra-prima da literatura e do pensamento europeu; ela se basta, e teria o mesmo valor se ignorássemos tudo a respeito daquele que a concebeu entre duas sessões de tortura, à espera de uma execução. Mas, dado que essa obra-prima não é anônima, nada perde por ter um autor e ser situada em suas circunstâncias, torna-se também, assim, o testemunho da grandeza à qual um homem pode elevar-se pelo pensamento em face da tirania e da morte.… (mere)
luizzmendes | Mar 10, 2024 |
This is another book I read years ago, and now cannot recall what it was like.
mykl-s | 44 andre anmeldelser | Jul 24, 2023 |
This is a new translation of Boethius Consolation of Philosophy. I found the book to be a fascinating approach to philosophy with the author sometimes using a sort of Socratic approach to question his own beliefs and those of the persona of philosophy herself. This relatively short tome provides a breadth of philosophical discussion that belies the size of the book. Written at the end of his life when he was in prison this thoughtfully raises questions about the use of philosophy for life and how one can pursue happiness as a human being.

The Phaedo, in which Socrates describes how a philosopher approaches death while imprisoned and awaiting execution, had the most influence on the book. Porphyry and Proclus, two Neoplatonic interpreters, are used to interpret Plato. There also were moments that his approach suggested a touch of stoicism, which is not surprising given the environment in which he wrote this text.

The book narrates a discourse between Boethius and a vision of the Lady Philosophy, or philosophy personified in feminine form and resembling Diotima from Plato's Symposium. The work is primarily written in prose and is organized into five main portions, or books. It also includes 39 poems, which are almost like the chorus odes of Greek tragedy. The Lady Philosophy attacks Boethius for reneging on his philosophical principles under stress and contends that if he had been true to his philosophical education, he would not be sad about being imprisoned, going through torture, or waiting to be executed. Instead of expressing sympathy, the Lady Philosophy blames Boethius.

His discussion of "what is true happiness'' was one of the high points in my reading. Given that happiness does not represent external occurrences but rather our emotional response to those situations, Lady Philosophy advances the Stoic idea that happiness is within our control. Even if we have no influence over the world around us, we do have control over how we react to it. She also makes the argument that because luck is erratic by nature, one shouldn't rejoice in good fortune or lament poor luck because it is unpredictable and always changing. He also touches on many other issues like the nature of perfection, the problem of evil, and the being of a good God.

Overall this is one of the best short works of philosophy that I have read and I will put on my shelf with the Meditations of Marcus Aurelius and other great short philosophical works.
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