Boethius and The Consolation of Philosophy
Can philosophy offer consolation in life? Can it teach us how best to face life’s vicissitudes?
Boethius’ classic work The Consolation of Philosophy, with its moving tale of his false imprisonment, explores timeless questions concerning fortune, free-will, the nature of Creation, and how a return to a higher philosophical viewpoint provides comfort amid the troubles of earthly existence.
The work has been translated many times, including by Alfred the Great, Chaucer and Elizabeth I, and was once thought to offer an indispensable model for living. This course will provide an introduction to Boethius’ work with its aim to teach the science and art of philosophical detachment.
Tutor: Julie Parker is Manager at the Fintry Trust. She has for many years co-ordinated the Trust’s Lifelong Learning Programme both online and at Fintry: organising, writing and teaching courses. She was previously Vice Principal of an FE specialist language college in Kent.
Tickets: £38 for 4 sessions on Zoom: Tuesdays 16th, 23rd, 30th Jan, and 6th Feb 2024