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Have you no personal good of your own within yourself, that you seek your goods in other things, externally? Is the state of nature so upside-down that man, a living and rational- and therefore godlike- animal, can only appear splendid to himself by the possession of lifeless stuff? 39 more words

Become a Better You with Boethius (and Alfred the Great)

I love reading medieval self-help books (or “mirrors for princes” – as scholars call them) like Secreta Secratorum and The Consolation of Philosophy. Both are great, but the one I spend the most time with is Boethius’ … 652 more words

Medieval Poetry

The Hooting of the Divine: Free Will and Predestination in the [Owl and the Nightingale] and the [Consolation of Philosophy]

One particular poem that I have been reading slowly and carefully for my candidacy exams is the early Middle English Owl and the Nightingale. The poem, which is usually dated around the late twelfth of early thirteenth century, is a classic example of the surprisingly popular medieval genre of allegorical bird debates. 1,673 more words


Consolation of Philosophy (Part 5)

Let me finish the series of the last four posts with a discussion of the final book and some final words about the Consolation of Philosophy. 436 more words

Consolation of Philosophy (Part 4)

Continuing from my last post, Philosophy states in the third section of the book: 1) we all seek happiness, 2) honor, wealth, prestige, belongingness, and pleasure are necessary for happiness but not sufficient, and 3) additional factor are needed to deliver happiness. 253 more words

Consolation of Philosophy (Part 3)

Continuing with my last post, we move to the third section of the Consolation of Philosophy.  In the second section, Book Two, Philosophy teaches that the transitory goods of wealth, fame, power, honor, and physical beautiful are not sufficient for happiness.   260 more words

Consolation of Philosophy (Part 2)

Continuing from my last post, I will begin to dig into the book, The Consolation of Philosophy, but only those parts referring to happiness in this life – which is the focus of my book and this website.   246 more words