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 essays-by William Bark, Edmund Reiss, and John Marenbon-all 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.
Douglas C. Langston is Professor of Philosophy and Religion at New College of Florida. He is the author of God's Willing Knowledge: The Influence of Scotus' Analysis of Omniscience and Conscience and Other Virtues: From Bonaventure to MacIntyre. His articles have appeared in The Journal of Religious Studies, Franciscan Studies, Medieval Philosophy and Theology, and The Southern Journal of Philosophy, among others.
Plato ? From The Gorgias Plato ? From The Timaeus Aristotle ? From The Nicomachean Ethics Augustine ? From On Free Choice of the Will Henry Chadwick ? Introduction to Boethius: His Life, Thought, and Influence Nelson Pike ? The Predicate "Timeless" William Bark ? Theodoric vs. Boethius: Vindication and Apology Edmund Reiss ? The Fall of Boethius and the Fiction of the Consolatio Philosophiae John Marenbon ? Anicius Manlius Severinus Boethius Preface Introduction Translator's Preface The Text of The Consolation of Philosophy Contexts Criticism Boethius: A Chronology Selected Bibliography Index