Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Boethius: Consolation of Philosophy (In Plain American English)



Table of Contents
Brief Biography        
About the Consolation of Philosophy        

Section I — Philosophical Dialogues         

BOOK ONE —The Poet’s sorrows          
Chapter 1 — Philosophy appears to Boethius        
Chapter 2 — The Poet is speechless
Chapter 3 — Philosophy explains  
Chapter 4 — Boethius’ ruin
Chapter 5 — Philosophy on unhappy change
Chapter 6 — Causes of the soul’s sickness 
BOOK 2 — The Vanity of Fortune's Gifts          
Chapter 1 — Philosophy scolds Boethius  
Chapter 2 — Philosophy impersonates Fortune    
Chapter 3 — Past and present fortunes       
Chapter 4 — Hapiness is sought within      
Chapter 5 — Esternal gifts   
Chapter 6 — Of virtue and power   
Chapter 7 — Philosophy: the pettiness of fame
Chapter 8 — Telling true friends from false           
BOOK THREE — True and False Happiness    
Chapter 1 — Philosophy’s promise
Chapter 2 — Happiness, the ultimate end   
Chapter 3 — Happiness can only add to wants      
Chapter 4 — Titles and power         
Chapter 5 — Tyrants and kings go in fear
Chapter 6 — Of fame and noble birth         
Chapter 7 — Pleasure and remorse 
Chapter 8 — Beauty and strength   
Chapter 9 — True happiness           
Chapter 10 — Happiness is in God and
               God in happiness   
Chapter 11 — Unity in goodness    
Chapter 12 — Knowledge is remembrance
BOOK FOUR — Good and Ill Fortune   
Chapter 1 — Philosophy makes morals plain        
Chapter 2 — Power: good and evil 
Chapter 3 — Rewards and punishments     
Chapter 4 — To be happier and more fortunate?   
Chapter 5 — Happiness or misery are not divine   
Chapter 6 — God’s providence       
Chapter 7 — all fortune is good      
BOOK FIVE — Free Will and God’s Foreknowledge
Chapter 1 — Philosophy says that chance  
Chapter 2 — Philosophy and freedom of choice
Chapter 3 — Free will or determinism        
Chapter 4 — On what knowledge depends
Chapter 5 — God’s foreknowledge
Chapter 6 — A higher form of cognition    

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