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“Anxious is the condition of good human beings” (Consolation 2, pr. 4): Philosophical consideration of the human condition in Boethius' Consolation

Christian Brouwer
Thursday, October 22, 2020, 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

The Consolation of Philosophy of Boethius is the story of a progress towards recovery. The main character of the work is in a critical situation which urges him to rediscover the values conducting his life. He asks himself which ones are able to guide him towards happiness. In doing this, he is considering his social and political position, the motivation of his deeds, the relationship to nature and to the cosmic order. We shall explore which image of the human being emerges through these considerations.

Discussant Professor Michael Ignatieff will oversee the conversation taking place following the lecture.

Christian Brouwer is Professor and Director of the Library of Humanities and Social Sciences at the Université Libre de Bruxelles. His researches are at the crossroad of the subjects of philosophy, Latin literature and Christianity in the Middle Ages. He is co-author of a French translation of the First disputed question on Truth of Thomas Aquinas, and co-editor of one volume on Heresy and another one on Freedom in the Middle Ages. He is author of several studies on Anselm of Canterbury, the thinker to which he devoted his Ph. D., and on other authors of the 11th to 13th centuries like Berengar of Tours, Peter Damian, Bernard of Clairvaux, Robert Grosseteste or Thomas Aquinas.

Michael Ignatieff is President and Rector of CEU. An international commentator on contemporary issues of democracy, human rights, and governance and a Canadian citizen, Ignatieff is also an award-winning writer, teacher, former politician, and historian with a deep knowledge of Central and Eastern Europe. Ignatieff received his doctorate in history from Harvard University and has held academic posts at Kings College, Cambridge, the University of Toronto and the University of British Columbia. He served in the Canadian Parliament and was Leader of the Liberal Party. His books include The Needs of Strangers (1984), Scar Tissue (1992), Blood and Belonging (1993), The Warrior’s Honour (1997), Isaiah Berlin (1998), The Rights Revolution (2000), Human Rights as Politics and Idolatry (2001), The Lesser Evil: Political Ethics in an Age of Terror (2004), Fire and Ashes: Success and Failure in Politics (2013), and The Ordinary Virtues: Moral Order in a Divided World (2017).


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