Ideas from 'The Consolations of Philosophy' by Boethius [520], by Theme Structure

[found in 'The Consolations of Philosophy' by Boethius (ed/tr Watts,V.E.) [Penguin 1969,0-14-044208-1]].

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16. Persons / F. Free Will / 1. Free Will / a. Nature of free will
Rational natures require free will, in order to have power of judgement
Knowledge of present events doesn't make them necessary, so future events are no different
16. Persons / F. Free Will / 2. Free Will Theories / b. Determinism
God's universal foreknowledge seems opposed to free will
Does foreknowledge cause necessity, or necessity cause foreknowledge?
20. Action / B. Motives for Action / 3. Acting on Reason / b. Intellectualism
The wicked want goodness, so they would not be wicked if they obtained it
22. Metaethics / A. Ethical Ends / 5. Happiness / a. Nature of happiness
Happiness is a good which once obtained leaves nothing more to be desired
22. Metaethics / B. Basis of Ethics / 5. Moral Responsibility
Rewards and punishments are not deserved if they don't arise from free movement of the mind
22. Metaethics / C. Sources of Ethics / 2. Human Nature
When people fall into wickedness they lose their human nature
23. Ethics / C. Virtue Theory / 1. Virtue Theory / a. Nature of virtue
The bad seek the good through desire, but the good through virtue, which is more natural
23. Ethics / C. Virtue Theory / 2. Elements of Virtue Theory / j. Unity of virtue
Varied aims cannot be good because they differ, but only become good when they unify
25. Society / D. Social Rights / 2. Social Freedom / b. Freedom of belief
You can't control someone's free mind, only their body and possessions
28. God / A. Divine Nature / 5. Divine Morality / a. Divine morality
Where does evil come from if there is a god; where does good come from if there isn't?
28. God / A. Divine Nature / 5. Divine Morality / c. God is the good
God is the supreme good, so no source of goodness could take precedence over God
God is the good
28. God / A. Divine Nature / 6. God and Time
Divine eternity is the all-at-once and complete possession of unending life
28. God / D. Proofs of Evidence / 1. Cosmological Proof
The power through which creation remains in existence and motion I call 'God'
28. God / D. Proofs of Evidence / 2. Teleological Proof
The regular events of this life could never be due to chance
29. Religion / E. Immortality / 1. Immortality
The reward of the good is to become gods
29. Religion / F. Problem of Evil / 1. Problem of Evil
God can do anthing, but he cannot do evil, so evil must be nothing
If you could see the plan of Providence, you would not think there was evil anywhere