Boethius’s Consolation Part 2–Book I

February 26, 2007

Two images recur throughout the first book of the Consolation. The first is the image of medicine, which presents philosophy as a therapy for the soul. The second image is the citadel of reason, which presents philosophy as a defense against misfortune. The medical image arises first. In the first prose section, Philosophy ejects the theatrical muses from the chamber the first prose section because “not only have they no cures for his pain, but with their sweet poison they make it worse” (135). Philosophy claims that she and her muses will restore Boethius to health, not them.

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More Resources

February 25, 2007

Links to tons of texts by people like Giordano Bruno and Raymond Lull are available on this very nice french site dedicated to early modern scholasticism. They also have lots of links to texts from the 15th to 18th century that might interest some of you.


Boethius on the Sinlessness and Death of Christ

February 25, 2007

In his Contra Eutychen, Boethius poses an interesting problem: if Adam would not have died if he had not sinned because death is the punishment of sin, how is it that Christ, being sinless and having a human body derived from Adam dies?

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Protestantism and Natural Law Theory

February 21, 2007

I found an excellent article by Stephen Grabill on Protestantism and Natural Law theory here and there are links to other similar articles he has written.


Boethius’s Consolatio (Part I Prefatory Remarks)

February 18, 2007

This series will focus on Boethius’s Consolation of Philosophy, the philosophical masterpiece of one of the foundational thinkers of the medieval period. There is a nice short life of Boethius available on wikipedia. I’ll add a few comments of my own to supplement what you find there. For the record, this project is part of a series of reading responses for a class I am doing. Not everything I will say will be original to me because I will also incorporate interesting insights that arise from class discussions and the comments of professor S. For convenience’s sake I won’t try to separate out which comments are my own contribution and which belong to others. (In general, if I claim X and X is a brilliant insight which illuminates the history of neoplatonic philosophy, you are safe to assume that I got X from Professor S.)

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Some new resources

February 18, 2007

There are versions of three medieval logical treatises available for download here.

There is also a fantastic  new directory of latin texts available from Brepolis. Something like 900 authors are represented, but you need an institutional subscription for access and the user interface is quite forbidding. (However there is a 150 pages long user manual for help!)


Boethius Resources

February 15, 2007

Peter King has made a relatively new translation of one of Boethius’s short theological treatises On The Hebdomads which is available here in English and here in Latin. King has also made available a translation of Thomas Aquinas’s commentary on this text which is available here in English and here in Latin. The rest of Boethius’s works in Latin, including his Consolation of Philosophy and translation of Porphyry’s Isagoge are also linked at King’s page.