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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, V.3–6

The Consolation, V.3–6

Divine Prescience, Contigency, Eternity

(p.125) 7 The Consolation, V.3–6

John Marenbon (Contributor Webpage)

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Devoted to a detailed discussion of Boethius's later treatment, at the end of the Consolation of Philosophy, of the problem of divine prescience and human free will. It analyzes Boethius's conception of eternity and argues that it need not involve timelessness: what is important, rather, is that God lives in an eternal present. It argues that Boethius was blind to the distinctions of scope within propositions that many later thinkers saw as the heart of the problem of prescience.

Keywords:   Consolation of Philosophy, divine, eternal present, eternity, free will, prescience, propositions, scope distinctions, timelessness

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