Plato, Phaedo of Plato, Boethius (-524) Consolation of philosophy, Philosophy and religion


The general situation and theme within Boethius' Consolation of Philosophy, and the Phaedo, contain striking similarities, but even more striking are the differences that redefine Boethius' work. The Consolation presents a work that in its basic text describes the time before Boethius' execution, while the Phaedo examines Socrates before he is put to death. In each work similar discussions on death and dying are presented. These aspects of the works, however, are where the similarities end. Instead, by placing Lady Philosophy in Socrates' position, the reader is able to examine the Phaedo as a dialogue on the life, death and rebirth of philosophy. This paper explores how the deathbed philosophies of both works both parallel and diverge from each other.

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