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John Marenbon

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780195134070

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0195134079.001.0001

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The Consolation

The Consolation

The Argument of Books I–V.2

Chapter:
(p.96) 6 The Consolation
Source:
Boethius
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John Marenbon (Contributor Webpage)

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0195134079.003.0006

Addresses the argument of Boethius's masterpiece, the Consolation of Philosophy. It shows that Boethius, the author, juxtaposes a complex view of happiness in which it is vulnerable to fortune, with a monolithic view in which it is identified with the highest good – God. It also considers the treatment of divine providence and how it can be reconciled with the existence of chance and with human freedom.

Keywords:   chance, Consolation of Philosophy, fortune, freedom, God, happiness, highest good, providence

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