Boethius's De Topicis Differentiis

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Cornell University Press, 1978 - Philosophy - 287 pages
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"Students of Boethius and of medieval logic will . . . profit from Stump's work on this difficult treatise. Her translation, . . . the first into English . . . and the interpretative essays, e.g., on dialectic and Aristotle's Topics, Peter of Spain, and the Porphyrian Tree, are useful and informative."--Library Journal

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Book I
29
Book III
63
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Born of a distinguished family, Boethius received the best possible education in the liberal arts in Athens and then entered public life under Theodoric the Ostrogoth, ruler of Italy. Boethius obtained the highest office, but was later accused of treason, imprisoned, and executed. In the dungeon of Alvanzano, near Milan, during his imprisonment, he composed "The Consolation of Philosophy," a remarkable piece of prose literature as well as philosophy. Boethius's outlook, like that of all the Church Fathers, was Platonistic, but he preserved much of the elementary logic of Aristotle. Boethius reported in his commentaries the views of Aristotelians even when they disagreed with his Platonism. Thus he created an interest in Aristotle in subsequent centuries and provided a basis for the introduction of Aristotle's works into Europe in the twelfth and thirteenth centuries. Boethius was put to death in 526.

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