By Seth Lerer
This publication treats Boethius' Consolation of Philosophy as a piece of creative literature, and applies glossy concepts of feedback to his writings. The author's significant objective is to illustrate the methodological and thematic coherence of The comfort of Philosophy.
Originally released in 1985.
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Fulgentius De Continentia Virgiliana, already mentioned as a document of cultural history, will be treated as a comic foil for the colloquy genre and as an analogue to the Consolation's engagement with lit erary and intellectual authority. Boethius' own early In Isagogen Porphyrii comments upon and explicates Porphyry through a discussion between Boethius and a friend, and it is in this friend's role that Boethius presents, in nascent form, the persona of the student which will motivate the Consola tion's dialogue.
Finally, I will consider the theological tractates 32 READERS AND WRITERS as exploring the limitations of language in expressing philo sophical wisdom, and show how Boethius transforms the dialogue structure into a series of internal meditations which take Augustine as their model. The goal of these dialogues is always the production of a text. For Cicero, it is the compendium of Greek learning which would become a Latin monument of literature to stand beside the Greeks. For Augustine, it is the production of a document of study and reference.
The Tusculans offers to compete with Greek literary texts which are its model, as Cicero gears his energies to record precisely the dialogue which transpired; he is out to write literature. Au gustine's Soliloquia and De Magistro present the mind in con versation with itself, and display the Saint's application of classical methods to Christian theology. Fulgentius De Continentia Virgiliana, already mentioned as a document of cultural history, will be treated as a comic foil for the colloquy genre and as an analogue to the Consolation's engagement with lit erary and intellectual authority.