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Journal:   HISTORY OF PHILOSOPHY   WINTER 2012 , Volume 2 , Number 3 (7); Page(s) 0 To 0.
 
Paper: 

POWER IN CONSOLATION OF PHILOSOPHY

 
 
Author(s):  BAHRANI MURTAZA*
 
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Abstract: 

Boethius, the great Christian philosopher of the 6th century, has an important treatise on political philosophy called Consolation of Philosophy. In this treatise, he speaks of several philosophical categories one of which is power. He discussed this category on the threshold of the Middle Age following a philosophical approach and under the guise of some religious ideas. While distinguishing between human internal and external constituents, he views power as one of the constituents of human happiness, and since happiness is an internal affair, it cannot be increased or decreased by means of external factors. In its external form, power is not an appropriate factor and guarantee for the establishment and subsistence of happiness. Boethius officially recognizes external power, particularly in its political form, but he has a collective view of power. Therefore, no kind of power alone can bring about happiness for human beings, on the contrary, it might also be considered a sign of misery. This philosopher believes that a part of misfortunes of philosophy is rooted in such separated powers.

 
Keyword(s): BOETHIUS, POLITICAL PHILOSOPHY, CONSOLATION OF PHILOSOPHY, HAPPINESS, POWER, MIDDLE AGE
 
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