The <i>Consolation</i>, V.3–6

John Marenbon

in Boethius

Published in print February 2003 | ISBN: 9780195134070
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780199868094 | DOI:

Series: Great Medieval Thinkers

 The Consolation, V.3–6

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Devoted to a detailed discussion of Boethius's later treatment, at the end of the Consolation of Philosophy, of the problem of divine prescience and human free will. It analyzes Boethius's conception of eternity and argues that it need not involve timelessness: what is important, rather, is that God lives in an eternal present. It argues that Boethius was blind to the distinctions of scope within propositions that many later thinkers saw as the heart of the problem of prescience.

Keywords: Consolation of Philosophy; divine; eternal present; eternity; free will; prescience; propositions; scope distinctions; timelessness

Chapter.  8872 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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