Encyclopedia of Medieval Philosophy

2011 Edition
| Editors: Henrik Lagerlund


  • Andrew W. Arlig
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4020-9729-4_88


Anicius Manlius Severinus Boethius, a late ancient Roman thinker, profoundly influenced western medieval philosophy, literature, and the liberal arts. Boethius translated and commented on a number of important Aristotelian logical works. These translations and commentaries provided the foundations for early medieval logic, philosophy of language, and metaphysics. Boethius’ short theological treatises are remarkable for the way in which they apply Greek philosophical concepts to Christian doctrine. His Consolation of Philosophy is a vivid synthesis of Stoic, Aristotelian, and especially Neoplatonic ethics and philosophical theology. It is a masterpiece, whose literary qualities as well as its philosophical material has influenced generations of humanists.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Andrew W. Arlig
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  1. 1.Department of PhilosophyBrooklyn College of The City University of New YorkBrooklynUSA