Theology & Philosophy

Boethius on Liberty and Providence


This conference explored Boethius's important book, The Consolation of Philosophy. The focus was on his ideas concerning individual freedom and free will, and how these can coexist with a belief in the power of Fortune and Divine Providence.


Conference Readings

Boethius. The Consolation of Philosophy. Edited by P. G. Walsh. Translated by P. G. Walsh. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1999.

Epictetus. Discourses and Selected Writings. Edited by Robert Dobbin. Translated by Robert Dobbin. London: Penguin, 2008.

Plato. Gorgias. Translated by James A. Arieti and Roger M. Barrus. Newburyport, Massachusetts: Focus Publishing, 2007.

Plotinus. The Enneads. Edited by Lloyd P. Gerson. Translated by George Boys-Stones, John M. Dillon, Lloyd P. Gerson, R. A. H. King, Andrew Smith, and James Wilberding. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2019.

Seneca, Lucius Annaeus. Hardship and Happiness. Translated by Elaine Fantham, Harry M. Hine, James Kerr, and Gareth D. Williams. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2014.