Boethius and Dialogue: Literary Method in the "Consolation by Seth Lerer

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.

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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.

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