“Until about two hundred years ago it would, I think, have been hard to find an educated man in any European country who did not love it. To acquire a taste for The Consolation of Philosophy] is almost to become naturalised in the Middle Ages.” ~C.S. Lewis
"Is it better to try your hardest and succeed or try your hardest and fail? Imagine two college students: one receives only 'As,' the other only 'Fs.' On the surface, it appears that good fortune is clearly more conducive to happiness than bad. But what happens when things go wrong? Which of these two students is more likely to respond better when his car is suddenly totaled? Who is more grateful for an unexpected gift? Who is more prepared to weather the ups and downs of a storm-filled life? Who would be more likely to receive the gospel? When we change the lens with which we observe these two figures, they start to appear in a different light. Fortune doesn’t last. We cannot count on good blessings all the time. Only by experiencing adversity are we trained in gratitude and thankfulness." ~From Austin Hoffman's Introduction
Imprisoned on false charges of conspiracy, the Roman philosopher and statesman Boethius penned this work in which he is comforted in his misfortune by Lady Philosophy. This book stands at the turning of the ages: Boethius took the best of pagan philosophy and made it the foundation of medieval philosophy and culture. It is a profound discussion of such issues as fortune and suffering, free will and predestination, and how doing good is its own reward.
This Canon Classic will take you back to the Middle Ages and remind you that some things are more important than good fortune. The Canon Classics series presents the most definitive works of Western literature in a colorful, well-crafted, and affordable way. Unlike many other thrift editions, our classics feature individualized designs that prioritize readability by means of proper margins, leading, characters per line, font, trim size, etc. Each book's materials and layout combine to make the classics a simple and striking addition to classrooms and homes, ideal for introducing the best of literary culture and human experience to the next generation. This Worldview Edition features an introduction divided into sections on The World Around, About the Author, What Other Notables Said, Setting, Characters, & Argument Summary, Worldview Analysis, and 21 Significant Questions & Answers.
TRANSLATOR: H.F. Stewart
INTRODUCTION: Austin Hoffman
PAGE COUNT: 152 pages
ISBN 10: 1954887280
PUB. DATE: January 10, 2023 (first written in 523 AD and translated in 1918)
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