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- Boethius, Anicius Manlius Severinus A.D. 480?-524? Roman philosopher and mathematician. Falsely accused of treason, he wrote his greatest work, The Consolation of Philosophy, an investigation of destiny and free will, while awaiting his execution.
- n. a Roman who was an early Christian philosopher and statesman who was executed for treason; Boethius had a decisive influence on medieval logic (circa 480-524)
“The passage is translated in Boethius, The Consolation of Philosophy, trans.”
“But the erudition of the Latin language was insufficient to satiate his ardent curiosity: and Boethius is said to have employed eighteen laborious years in the schools of Athens, 91 which were supported by the zeal, the learning, and the diligence of Proclus and his disciples.”
“The work of Boethius, which is known in all modern languages, was translated into Anglo-Saxon by King Alfred, 900 A.D.”
“(proprie) those terms Boethius refers to as ˜deliberately equivocal™, and ˜equivocal most strictly™ (magis proprie) those Boethius calls ˜by chance™.”
“˜equivocal™ for those terms Boethius, in his own commentary on the Categories, defines as equivocal by chance (a casu), and the term ˜analogical™ for those Boethius calls deliberately equivocal (a consilio).”
“For Modistae such as Boethius of Dacia and Thomas of Erfurt, the proper subject of grammar is well-formed, significant speech (sermo congrue significativus), the principles of which are expressed in the modi significandi.”
“If we consider his overall strategy, it seems that Pomponazzi was drawing on the distinction between methods of science and methods of faith, by means of which 13th-century secular masters of philosophy at the University of Paris such as Boethius of Dacia had claimed the freedom to pursue their philosophical enquiries without theological constraints.”
“Like Sebastian Franck, whom he resembled in many points, he was profoundly interested in history and in the stages of man's historical development, and, like the former, he undertook the translation of great masterpieces which expressed the ideas that peculiarly suited his own temper of mind, such as Boethius '_Consolation of Philosophy_; Cicero, _On Duties_; and Erasmus' _Paraphrases of the New”
“Boethius had little reason to lie about his beliefs; indeed, deathbed confessions are famous for their brutal honesty.”
“So, Philosophy tells Boethius, since you accepted them unreflectively when fortune was treating you well, it really makes no sense that you should start asking questions now.”
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