The Consolation of Philosophy

With an Introduction and Contemporary Criticism


Author: Boethius,Joseph Pearce

Publisher: Ignatius Press

ISBN: 1586174371

Category: Philosophy

Page: 278

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Presents the Roman philosophical and religious scholar's dialogue on the nature of man and his relationship to God and the universe.

The Consolation of Philosophy

Ignatius Critical Editions


Author: Anicius Boethius

Publisher: Ignatius Press

ISBN: 1681494760

Category: Philosophy

Page: 278

View: 7590

Written in the sixth century, The Consolation of Philosophy was one of the most popular and influential works of the Middle Ages. Boethius composed the masterpiece while imprisoned and awaiting the death sentence for treason. The Christian author had served as a high-ranking government official before falling out of favor with Roman Emperor Theodoric, an Arian. In the Consolation, Boethius explores the true end of life-knowledge of God-through a conversation with Lady Philosophy. Part prose, part poetry, the work combines Greek philosophy and Christian faith to formulate answers to some of life's most difficult and enduring questions.

The Consolation of Philosophy


Author: Anicius Manlius Severinus Boethius

Publisher: Cosimo, Inc.

ISBN: 1602064490

Category: Happiness

Page: 132

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"The lions of Carthage, though they bear the gorgeous bonds and trappings of captivity, and eat the food that is given them by hand, and though they fear their harsh master with his lash they know so well; yet if once blood has touched their bristling jaws, their old, their latent wills return; with deep roaring they remember their old selves; they loose their bands and free their necks, and their tamer is the first torn by their cruel teeth, and his blood is poured out by their rage and wrath. from Book III The Consolation of Philosophy was the single most popular book (after the Bible) during the Middle Ages. It is written as a conversation between Boethius and the spirit of Philosophy in the form of a beautiful woman. Boethius, imprisoned, tells Philosophy of his frustration and despair. She responds with compassionate teaching, preaching detachment and reminding Boethius that he must accept that Fortune s Wheel turns for all. Readers interested in the history of Christian thought and students of the Middle Ages will want to read this influential, classic work of Christian philosophy. Roman philosopher ANICIUS MANLIUS SEVERINUS BOETHIUS (c. 480 524) was a scholar, translator, and Christian thinker whose influence was still widely felt a thousand years after his death. He preserved classic works by Aristotle, Plato, and others by translating them into Latin. His translations of Greek texts on mathematics, geometry, music, and astronomy were used in universities for hundreds of years. He was not able to complete all of his ambitious projects before his execution in 524 by Theodoric the Great, whom he had served for many years. "

The Consolation of Boethius as Poetic Liturgy


Author: Stephen Blackwood

Publisher: OUP Oxford

ISBN: 0191028118

Category: Religion

Page: 398

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Throughout Antiquity and the Middle Ages, literature was read with the ear as much as with the eye: silent reading was the exception; audible reading, the norm. This highly original book shows that Boethius's Consolation of Philosophy - one of the most widely-read texts in Western history - aims to affect the listener through the designs of its rhythmic sound. Stephen Blackwood argues that the Consolation's metres are arranged in patterns that have a therapeutic and liturgical purpose: as a bodily mediation of the text's consolation, these rhythmic patterns enable the listener to discern the eternal in the motion of time. The Consolation of Boethius as Poetic Liturgy vividly explores how in this acoustic encounter with the text philosophy becomes a lived reality, and reading a kind of prayer.

Geschichte der Philosophie I: Antike und Mittelalter


Author: Wulff D. Rehfus

Publisher: UTB

ISBN: 3825236803

Category: Philosophy

Page: 128

View: 9827

Die vierbändige "Geschichte der Philosophie" informiert auf knappstem Raum übersichtlich und klar über Leben, Werk und Denkmodelle der wichtigsten Philosophen von der Antike bis zum 20. Jahrhundert. Zeittafel und Glossar ergänzen die von ausgewiesenen Experten verfassten Artikel. Die vier Bände basieren auf dem 2003 erschienenen "Handwörterbuch Philosophie", das unter kostenlos verfügbar ist. Sie sind aktualisiert, ergänzt und neu strukturiert. Band I gibt einen Abriss der Geschichte der antiken und mittelalterlichen Philosophie. Er umreißt in chronologischer Abfolge Leben und Werk der wichtigsten griechischen Philosophen: Thales, Anaximander, Pythagoras, Heraklit, Parmenides, Sokrates, Platon, Aristoteles und Epikur. Aus der römischen Antike werden Cicero und Seneca behandelt und die mittelalterliche Philosophie wird am Beispiel von Plotin, Augustinus, Thomas von Aquin und Nikolaus von Kues vorgestellt. Eine Zeittafel erleichtert die Übersicht und ein Glossar klärt die wichtigsten Fachtermini. Alle vier Bände sind zum Paketpreis von 34,99 € erhältlich!

The Consolations of Philosophy


Author: Alain de Botton

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 0141930314

Category: Philosophy

Page: 272

View: 4792

The Consolations of Philosophy is Alain de Botton's internationally bestselling guide to life The inspiration for the TV series Philsophy: A Guide to Happiness Alain de Botton, bestselling author of How Proust Can Change Your Life, has set six of the finest minds in the history of philosophy to work on the problems of everyday life. Here then are Socrates, Epicurus, Seneca, Montaigne, Schopenhauer and Nietzsche on some of the things that bother us all: lack of money, the pain of love, inadequacy, anxiety; the fear of failure and the pressure to conform. 'Singlehandedly, de Botton has taken philosophy back to its simplest and most important purpose: helping us live our lives' Independent 'No doubt about it, philosophy is the new rock and roll and Alain de Botton is its Colonel Tom Parker . . . A pleasure to read. And good writing, like good philosophy, is always a consolation' John Banville, Irish Times 'Few discussions on the great philosophers can have been so entertaining . . . an ingenious, imaginative book' Humphrey Carpenter, Sunday Times 'Witty, thoughtful, entertaining . . . a stylish book, which manages to make philosophy both enjoyable and relevant' Anthony Clare, Literary Review 'Gentle, helpful and humane . . . De Botton's instinct is surely right: if we are to bring philosophy to life we should look again at those thinkers who have sought to be not clever or paradoxical, but simply wise' Roger Scruton, Mail on Sunday Alain de Botton was born in 1969 and is the author of non-fiction essays on themes ranging from love and travel to architecture and philosophy. His bestselling books include Essays in Love; The Romantic Movement; Kiss and Tell; Status Anxiety; How Proust Can Change Your Life; The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work; The Art of Travel; The Architecture of Happiness and Religion for Atheists. He lives in London and founded The School of Life ( and Living Architecture ( For more information, consult


the poems from On the consolation of philosophy, translated out of the original Latin into diverse historical Englishings, diligently collaged


Author: Boethius

Publisher: Sun & Moon


Category: Latin poetry

Page: 235

View: 8381

The Consolation Of Philosophy


Author: King Alfred's Anglo-Saxon Version

Publisher: Kessinger Publishing

ISBN: 9781419157516

Category: Philosophy

Page: 116

View: 7145

This text is King Alfred's Anglo-Saxon version Of Boethius' work.

Boethius and Dialogue

Literary Method in the Consolation of Philosophy


Author: Seth Lerer

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780691611310

Category: Philosophy

Page: 278

View: 5293

This book treats Boethius' Consolation of Philosophy as a work of imaginative literature, and applies modern techniques of criticism to his writings. The author's central purpose is to demonstrate the methodological and thematic coherence of The Consolation of Philosophy. Originally published in 1985. The Princeton Legacy Library uses the latest print-on-demand technology to again make available previously out-of-print books from the distinguished backlist of Princeton University Press. These editions preserve the original texts of these important books while presenting them in durable paperback and hardcover editions. The goal of the Princeton Legacy Library is to vastly increase access to the rich scholarly heritage found in the thousands of books published by Princeton University Press since its founding in 1905.

Mittelalterliches Denken

Debatten, Ideen und Gestalten im Kontext


Author: Christian Schäfer,Martin Thurner

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783534201013

Category: Christianity

Page: 221

View: 6192

Trost der Philosophie

Eine Gebrauchsanweisung


Author: Alain de Botton

Publisher: S. Fischer Verlag

ISBN: 3104026440

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 320

View: 6151

Ungeliebt? Geldsorgen? Frust? ? Liebeskummer? Ihnen kann geholfen werden! Geistreich und originell untersucht Alain de Botton, welche Tröstungen die großen Philosophen für die Lebensprobleme moderner Zeitgenossen bereithalten: Was raten uns Sokrates, Epikur, Seneca, Montaigne, Schopenhauer und Nietzsche, wenn man sie, ihr Leben und Werk befragt? Mit erzählerischer Verve und bestechendem Witz untersucht Alain de Botton den Nutzen der Philosophie für das Leben – eine Einladung, ein Kompendium, eine Denkreise.



Author: Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Publisher: BoD – Books on Demand

ISBN: 3843072124

Category: Philosophy

Page: 116

View: 3892

Lucius Annaeus Seneca: Trostschriften Trostschrift an Marcia: Entstanden etwa zwischen 37 und 41 n. Chr. Erstdruck in: Opera, herausgegeben von M. Moravus, 1. Band, Neapel 1475. Erste deutsche Übersetzung durch M. Herr unter dem Titel »Ein Trostbüchlin zu der Martia« in: Sittliche Zuchtbücher, Straßburg 1536. Der Text folgt der Übersetzung durch Albert Forbiger von 1867. Trostschrift an seine Mutter Helvia: Entstanden 41 n. Chr. Erstdruck in: Opera, herausgegeben von M. Moravus, 1. Band, Neapel 1475. Erste deutsche Übersetzung durch M. Herr unter dem Titel »Ein Trostbuch zu seiner Mutter Albina« in: Sittliche Zuchtbücher, Straßburg 1536. Der Text folgt der Übersetzung durch Albert Forbiger von 1867. Trostschrift an Polybius: Entstanden wahrscheinlich 43 n. Chr. Erstdruck in: Opera, herausgegeben von M. Moravus, 1. Band, Neapel 1475. Erste deutsche Übersetzung durch M. Herr unter dem Titel »Ein Trostbüchlin zum Polybio« in: Sittliche Zuchtbücher, Straßburg 1536. Der Text folgt der Übersetzung durch Albert Forbiger von 1867. Da der Text nur fragmentarisch überliefert ist, wurde er in einigen Handschriften Senecas Traktat »Vom glückselige Leben« als Kapitel 20 ff. angehängt. Darauf bezieht sich die in Klammern gesetzte zweite Zählung in römischen Zahlen. Vom glückseligen Leben: Entstanden etwa 58/59 n. Chr. Erstdruck in: Opera, herausgegeben von M. Moravus, 1. Band, Neapel 1475. Erste deutsche Übersetzung durch M. Herr unter dem Titel »Von dem seligen Leben« in: Sittliche Zuchtbücher, Straßburg 1536. Der Text folgt der Übersetzung durch Albert Forbiger von 1867. Vollständige Neuausgabe mit einer Biographie des Autors. Herausgegeben von Karl-Maria Guth. Berlin 2014. Textgrundlage ist die Ausgabe: Seneca: Ausgewählte Schriften. Übersetzt und erläutert von Albert Forbiger, Stuttgart: Hoffmann, 1867. Die Paginierung obiger Ausgabe wird in dieser Neuausgabe als Marginalie zeilengenau mitgeführt. Umschlaggestaltung von Thomas Schultz-Overhage unter Verwendung des Bildes: Alfred Stevens, In Memoriam, 1858. Gesetzt aus Minion Pro, 11 pt.

Ignaz oder die Verschwörung der Idioten



Author: John Kennedy Toole

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783423209069

Category: Mothers and sons

Page: 477

View: 6289

Ignaz J. Reilly - ein 'Wirrkopf von Gottes Gnaden, ein fetter Don Quijote, ein perverser Thomas von Aquin' und in der Tat einer der originellsten Helden, den die amerikanische Literatur je hervorgebracht hat. Eines Tages nun wird dieser sich bisher stoisch jeder produktiven Betätigung verweigernde Fleischberg von seiner Mutter gezwungen, sich nach einem Job umsehen. Reillys berufliche Odyssee führt ihn von einer heruntergekommenen Hosenfabrik - in der er das Problem der Ablage mit Hilfe des Papierkorbs löst und eine Revolte unter den schwarzen Arbeitern anzettelt - ins French Quarter von New Orleans, wo ihm ein fahrbare Wurststand anvertraut wird. Aber auch dieser Beruf bietet keine Zukunft, denn als Hot-Dog-Verkäufer ist er sein bester Kunde. Ignaz trägt sich indes bald mit neuen Plänen - Er wird eine Partei gründen, eine Partei der Sodomiten.


Gestalten und Probleme der mittelalterlichen Philosophie


Author: Josef Pieper

Publisher: N.A


Category: Philosophy, Medieval

Page: 253

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The Prisoner's Philosophy

Life and Death in Boethius's Consolation


Author: Joel C. Relihan

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780268040246

Category: Philosophy

Page: 222

View: 6396

The Roman philosopher Boethius (c. 480-524) is best known for the "Consolation of Philosophy," one of the most frequently cited texts in medieval literature. In the "Consolation," an unnamed Boethius sits in prison awaiting execution when his muse Philosophy appears to him. Her offer to teach him who he truly is and to lead him to his heavenly home becomes a debate about how to come to terms with evil, freedom, and providence. The conventional reading of the "Consolation" is that it is a defense of pagan philosophy; nevertheless, many readers who accept this basic argument find that the ending is ambiguous and that Philosophy has not, finally, given the prisoner the comfort she had promised. In "The Prisoner's Philosophy," Joel C. Relihan delivers a genuinely new reading of the "Consolation." He argues that it is a Christian work dramatizing not the truths of philosophy as a whole, but the limits of pagan philosophy in particular. He views it as one of a number of literary experiments of late antiquity, taking its place alongside Augustine's "Confessions" and "Soliloquies" as a spiritual meditation, as an attempt by Boethius to speak objectively about the life of the mind and its relation to God. Relihan discerns three fundamental stories intertwined in the "Consolation" an ironic retelling of Plato's "Crito, " an adaptation of Lucian's "Jupiter Confutatus, " and a sober reduction of "Job" to a quiet dialogue in which the wounded innocent ultimately learns wisdom in silence. Relihan's claim that Boethius's text was written as a Menippean satire does not rest merely on identifying a mixture of disparate literary influences on the text, or on the combination of verse and prose or of fantasy and morality. More important, Relihan argues, Boethius deliberately dramatizes the act of writing about systematic knowledge in a way that calls into question the value of that knowledge. Philosophy's attempt to lead an exile to God's heaven is rejected; the exile comes to accept the value of the phenomenal world, and theology replaces philosophy to explain the place of human beings in the order of the world. Boethius Christianizes the genre of Menippean satire, and his "Consolation" is a work about humility and prayer. "Acknowledging that the "Consolation of Philosophy" is 'over-familiar and under-read, ' Joel Relihan puts to the side old bromides about the work and instead pays careful attention to the narrative(s) Boethius constructs, grounding his readings in the contexts the work cultivates, especially its Menippean elements. The result is perhaps the first satisfying reading of the "Consolation" to be produced, a satisfaction felt also in the ways Relihan mirrors Boethius himself in the thoroughness of his scholarship and the elegance of his exposition. No one who studies Boethius will be able to ignore this book." --Joseph Pucci, Brown University "Anyone who has been fascinated, intrigued, or perhaps puzzled by the meaning, structure, or argument of Boethius's "Consolation of Philosophy" will find Joel Relihan's new book a welcome addition to the study of this core text of the early medieval world whose influence extends to the present time. Relihan's study is a tour de force that belongs in the library of all those who appreciate Boethius's depth and subtlety. Fortune's wheel has indeed turned in the favor of those who wish to explore with Relihan the intricacies and brilliance of the "Consolation."" --Fr. John Fortin, O.S.B., Saint Anselm College




Author: Alain De Botton

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783596154623


Page: 283

View: 2831