Teaching Boethius: The Consolation of Philosophywith Josh Gibbs
Richard Morris writes that “No philosopher was so bone of the bone and flesh of the flesh of Middle-Age writers as Boethius. Take up what writer you will, and you will find not only the sentiments, but the very words of the distinguished old Roman.” This very influential book is essential reading for comprehending early medieval thought, but also an engaging, accessible book that upper school students will enjoy and from which they will profit greatly.
This is a fitting course for educators who wish to read and enjoy Boethius for their own edification, but also a great way to prepare to teach this book to upper school students.
- Book I
- Book II
- Book III
- Book IV
- Book V
Please Note: The certification credit component of this course is now active but also undergoing refinement and testing.
To obtain a certification credit for this course, simply complete the quiz that follows each presentation in the course, and then also take the certification test at the end of the course. The quizzes are designed to ensure that you have understood the essential content of each presentation, and they can be taken more than once if necessary. The cumulative certification test at the end of the course is given as a pass/fail test and requires that you upload one or more essays demonstrating your understanding this course (with essays evaluated by word count only). When you have completed the course, a certificate that you can print or email will magically appear under the “My Courses” section of this website.
We recommend previewing the essay question at the end of the End-of-Course Test. This will help in guiding your note taking as you progress through the course.
By taking the course for certification credit, you also will be on your way to obtaining a Level 1 certification.
Lesson 2: Boethius Addressing the Evil in His Heart Please sign up for the course before starting the lesson.
Lesson 3: Life of the Mind & Happiness Please sign up for the course before starting the lesson.
Lesson 4: Three Different Ways of Pursuing Happiness Please sign up for the course before starting the lesson.
Lesson 5: The Evil in Other Men Please sign up for the course before starting the lesson.
Lesson 6: Is God Good? Please sign up for the course before starting the lesson.
End of Course Test: Boethius Please sign up for the course before starting the lesson.