The Consolation of Philosophy (Norton Critical Editions)by Boethius
Pub. Date: 09/29/2009
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
One of the most influential texts to come out of the late Middle Ages.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
One of the most influential texts to come out of the late Middle Ages.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.
“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 essaysby William Bark, Edmund Reiss, and John Marenbonall 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
Translator's Preface xix
The Text of The Consolation of Philosophy 1
From The Gorgias Plato 97
From The Timaeus Plato 107
From The Nicomachean Ethics Aristotle 114
From On Free Choice of the Will Saint Augustine 123
Introduction to Boethius: His Life, Thought, and Influence Henry Chadwick 141
The Predicate Nelson Pike 151
Theodoric vs. Boethius: Vindication and Apology William Bark 159
The Fall of Boethius and the Fiction of the Consolation Philosophiae Edmund Reiss 175
Anicius Manlius Severinus Boethius John Marenbon 188
Boethius: A Chronology 199
Selected Bibliography 201
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