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The Consolation of Philosophy [Norton Critical Edition]

by Boethius

Other authors: Aristotle (Contributor), William Bark (Contributor), Henry Chadwick (Contributor), Richard Green (Translator), Douglas C. Langston (Editor)5 more, John Marenbon (Contributor), Nelson Pike (Contributor), Plato (Contributor), Edmund Reiss (Contributor), St. Augustine (Contributor)

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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.… (more)
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AristotleContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bark, WilliamContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Chadwick, HenryContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Green, RichardTranslatorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Langston, Douglas C.Editorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Marenbon, JohnContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Pike, NelsonContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
PlatoContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Reiss, EdmundContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
St. AugustineContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed

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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.

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