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October 23, 2006


Henry Dieterich

The first paragraph quoted above sounds like it was virtually cribbed from C.S. Lewis's The Discarded Image. He has an excellent discussion of the Consolation in that very interesting book, particularly addressing the question of Boethius's Christianity.

Tim Ferguson

Apparently Bl. Boethius (B. Severino Boezio) is still honored with a cultus at Pavia. His relics are enshrined in the Augustinian Basilica, which also houses the relics of St. Augustine of Hippo. Nice that the two great Christian philosophers of the late classical period are housed together.


Nice post, Amy. Boethius also makes for a great pseudonym in the blogosphere.


Let's not forget Boethius' other major contribution to Catholic thought, for which he is immortalized in the writings of everyone from Anselm to Wojtyla, Aquinas to Maritain--the theologico-philosophical definition of "person" in his Contra Eutychen et Nestorium: "naturae rationalis individualis substantia" (the person is "an individual substance of a rational nature").

Catholic thought is forever in debt to this clarification of St. Augustine's and Pope St. Leo the Great's vague use of the term.

Cheers to you, Amy, for offering us a piece on him (he's sort of the forgotten Church 'Father').

Evangelical Catholicism

Fr. Shawn O'Neal

Break out your copy of _A Confederation of Dunces_ in honor of the day.

Fr. Shawn O'Neal

That's _Confederacy_. Too much Dr. Nut tonight, I guess.


A public domain audiobook of Boethius is one of the in-progress Librivox works. If you'd like to help out:

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