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The Cambridge Companion to Boethius

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John Marenbon, John Moorhead, Sten Ebbesen, Christopher Martin, Margaret Cameron, David Bradshaw, Andrew Arlig, Christophe Erismann, John Magee, Robert Sharples, Danuta Shanzer, Lodi Nauta, Winthrop Wetherbee
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  • Date Published: May 2009
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521872669

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  • Boethius (c.480–c.525/6), though a Christian, worked in the tradition of the Neoplatonic schools, with their strong interest in Aristotelian logic and Platonic metaphysics. He is best known for his Consolation of Philosophy, which he wrote in prison awaiting execution. His works also include a long series of logical translations, commentaries and monographs and some short but densely-argued theological treatises, all of which were enormously influential on medieval thought. But Boethius was more than a writer who passed on important ancient ideas to the Middle Ages. The essays here by leading specialists, which cover all the main aspects of his writing and its influence, show that he was a distinctive thinker, whose arguments repay careful analysis and who used his literary talents in conjunction with his philosophical abilities to present a complex view of the world.

    • Examines both the philosophical and literary aspects of Boethius's work
    • The appendix provides a complete and easy to use guide to Boethius's works including editions and translations
    • Each chapter provides an important original contribution to the subject
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "...the quality of all of the chapters in this magnificent volume is very high, a fact that will hopefully encourage historians of philosophy to broaden their horizons, as it were, and to 'read Boethius whole' (2), as Marenbon puts it."
    Philosophy in Review, Peter Eardley, University of Guelph

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    Product details

    • Date Published: May 2009
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521872669
    • length: 372 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 156 x 22 mm
    • weight: 0.71kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction: reading Boethius whole John Marenbon
    Part I. Before the Consolation:
    1. Boethius's life and the world of late antique philosophy John Moorhead
    2. The Aristotelian commentator Sten Ebbesen
    3. The logical text-books and their influence Christopher Martin
    4. Boethius on utterances, understanding and reality Margaret Cameron
    5. The Opuscula Sacra: Boethius and theology David Bradshaw
    6. The metaphysics of individuals in the Opuscula Sacra Andrew Arlig
    7. The medieval fortunes of the Opuscula Sacra Christophe Erismann
    Part II. The Consolation:
    8. The good and morality: Consolatio 2-4 John Magee
    9. Fate, prescience and free will Robert Sharples
    10. Interpreting the Consolation Danuta Shanzer
    11. The Consolation: the Latin commentary tradition:
    800–1700 Lodi Nauta
    12. The Consolation and medieval literature Winthrop Wetherbee
    Appendix. Boethius's works John Magee and John Marenbon

  • Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses

    • Death and Philosophy
    • Thomas Aquinas
    • early medieval philosophy
  • Editor

    John Marenbon, Trinity College, Cambridge
    John Marenbon is a Senior Research Fellow at Trinity College, Cambridge. His publications include The Philosophy of Peter Abelard (1997, 1999) and Boethius (2003).


    John Marenbon, John Moorhead, Sten Ebbesen, Christopher Martin, Margaret Cameron, David Bradshaw, Andrew Arlig, Christophe Erismann, John Magee, Robert Sharples, Danuta Shanzer, Lodi Nauta, Winthrop Wetherbee

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