World Views and Values: Boethius, Consolation of Philosophy (lecture 5)

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This is a lecture video developed for my online World Views and Values class currently in session at Marist College. In this portion of the class, we are reading, examining, and discussing portions of Boethius' work, The Consolation of Philosophy This video discusses the connection between two key topics: Boethius' understanding of the working of Providence, its connection with Fate; and the conception of evil as simply privation of Being. In Boethius' viewpoint, evil does occur within the ordering of all events providentially, but only because those who engage in evil are actually to some degree lacking the being or nature which they ought to have. The course itself is intended to introduce students without a background in philosophy to some of the key texts, authors, perspectives, and concepts of the History of Ideas, with a particular focus upon human nature, culture and society, and the reality underlying and encompassing human beings and their experiences. Intro music is Russian Easter Festival Overture, Op. 36, by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, performance placed in the public domain by MusOpen

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