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The Consolation of Philosophy

Boethius knows anxiety because at the time of his writing The Consolation of Philosophy he was falsely imprisoned for a crime he did not commit, and his anxiety is literally making him ill. This...

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The Consolation of Philosophy

The first important element of the character of Lady Philosophy is that she is a fundamentally pagan figure. Although Boethius himself was a Christian, this book has no explicit references to...

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The Consolation of Philosophy

In a sense, the difference between Fortune and Providence is one's point of view. Human beings, with a limited perspective based on living within time and seeing only a small part of the universe's...

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The Consolation of Philosophy

According to Lady Philosophy in book 2 of the Consolation of Philosophy, it is actually impossible for a human to be truly happy on earth—this is something that can only be achieved in heaven. In...

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The Consolation of Philosophy

In The Consolation of Philosophy, Boethius makes a distinction between appropriate and inappropriate desire. Examples of the latter are related to the things of this world—money, fame, power,...

Latest answer posted July 20, 2018 9:09 am UTC

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The Consolation of Philosophy

We need to look at Book 3 to find Lady Philosophy's advice on false goods and the attainment of happiness. She says that a true good would make the attainer so happy that he would not be able to...

Latest answer posted July 24, 2018 9:58 am UTC

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The Consolation of Philosophy

Philosophy had to turn Boethius's mind away from earthly things because one of the major arguments presented in The Consolation of Philosophy is that a focus on earthly things is the source of...

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The Consolation of Philosophy

Viktor Emil Frankl sought to help individuals identify the things in their lives that were the most important to them. These could include a number of different things, but the point was to find...

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The Consolation of Philosophy

Both Boethius and Lady Philosophy take the existence of God for granted. As such, they do not seek to engage in offering proofs. Instead, they discuss the nature of God, his power, how he brought...

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The Consolation of Philosophy

As Lady Philosophy tells us, God is good, so everything in his creation is good. Everything strives, in its own way, to persist in the good nature in which it was created. Unfortunately, many...

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The Consolation of Philosophy

The notion of cyclical time is part of Stoic cosmology. According to the Stoics, matter and logos are neither created nor destroyed but go through cycles in which a universe emerges and then is...

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The Consolation of Philosophy

Lady Philosophy diagnoses Boethius's sadness as arising from too strong an attachment to the things of this world. Boethius was so obsessed with wealth, power, and social status that when those...

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The Consolation of Philosophy

The allegorical figure of Lady Philosophy comes to Boethius as he rots away in a prison cell, awaiting execution on a trumped-up charge of sedition. While there, she attempts to console Boethius by...

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The Consolation of Philosophy

In The Consolation of Philosophy by Boethius, Philosophy personified states that the things people desire are not truly and perfectly good if they are separate. They cannot impart absolute...

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The Consolation of Philosophy

Lady Philosophy tries to convince Boethius that goodness is its own reward. Bad things do indeed happen to good people, but they don't stop being good because of that. Likewise, good things happen...

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The Consolation of Philosophy

Metaphorically speaking, Boethius is blind. Over the course of his life, he has developed an attachment to the fleeting things of this world: to wealth, power, and social status. Now that he's in...

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The Consolation of Philosophy

Boethius uses the metaphor of God as a great cosmic helmsman to illustrate his point about the goodness of creation. God is able to keep his creation in good order because he himself is good, and...

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The Consolation of Philosophy

In The Consolation of Philosophy by Boethius, Philosophy personified states that evil is nothing, “since He to whom nothing is impossible is unable to do evil" (book 3). The all-powerful God is...

Latest answer posted December 11, 2019 2:37 am UTC

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