Chapter

The <i>Consolation</i>

John Marenbon

in Boethius

Published in print February 2003 | ISBN: 9780195134070
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780199868094 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0195134079.003.0006

Series: Great Medieval Thinkers

 The Consolation

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Addresses the argument of Boethius's masterpiece, the Consolation of Philosophy. It shows that Boethius, the author, juxtaposes a complex view of happiness in which it is vulnerable to fortune, with a monolithic view in which it is identified with the highest good – God. It also considers the treatment of divine providence and how it can be reconciled with the existence of chance and with human freedom.

Keywords: chance; Consolation of Philosophy; fortune; freedom; God; happiness; highest good; providence

Chapter.  12877 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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