Hello everyone, due to an unavoidable scheduling conflict we will be meeting on Thursday May 3rd.
We have a special treat planned for our May 3rd meet-up. Lucia DeSantis-Heddleson, a local linguist and teacher has committed to be with us and faciliate for us in May. Lucia is a doctoral candidate with the ultimate goal of a doctorate in feminist philosophy. Lucia suggested that we read "Consolation of Philosophy" by Boethius. This subject matter is presented in her classes and her students engage in discussion of the subject in Italian, French, and Spanish. I am sure that we are safe in our english and if you were to ask any of the people that were in attendence when Lucia was with us the first time they would say it was as delightful as a Meet-Up could possibly get.
Anicius Manlius Severinus Boëthius commonly known as Boethius, wrote Consolation of Philosophy around the year 524. It has been described as the single most important and influential work in the west on medieval and early renaissance Christianity. This in itself is curious in that although reference is often made to God, the book is not strictly religious. A link is often assumed, yet there is no reference made to Jesus Christ or Christianity or any other specific religion. God is however represented not only as an eternal and all-knowing being, but as the source of all Good. Boethius writes the book as a conversation between himself and Lady Philosophy. She consoles Boethius by discussing the transitory nature of fame and wealth ("no man can ever truly be secure until he has been forsaken by Fortune"), and the ultimate superiority of things of the mind, which she calls the "one true good". She contends that happiness comes from within, and that one's virtue is all that one truly has, because it is not imperilled by the vicissitudes of fortune. He writes on justice, virtue, nature of human beings and happiness.
The text is available in the local book stores and all the online stores and it can also be found at these two different free online links with two different translations with study notes and questions. www.yorku3rda/inpar/Boethius.fox.pdf or www.exclassics.com/consol/consol.pdf
So mark your calendars this should be a good one and see you there.