Die Autorschaft des Boethius ist nirgends bezeugt, sie ist durch eine philologische Analyse erschlossen worden. Sie ist bis auf Fragmente verloren. Menso Folkerts hat die vermutlich aus ihr stammenden lateinischen Euklid-Exzerpte herausgegeben. Jahrhundert angefertigt hatte. Zwei Kommentare zu den Kategorien des Aristoteles. Mit diesem Problem setzt sich Boethius intensiv auseinander.
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Introductio ad syllogismos cathegoricos c. Boethius intended to translate all the works of Aristotle and Plato from the original Greek into Latin. However, some of his translations such as his treatment of the topoi in The Topics were mixed with his own commentary, which reflected both Aristotelian and Platonic concepts.
He breaks logic into three parts: that which defines, that which divides, and that which deduces. Propositions are divided into three parts: those that are universal, those that are particular, and those that are somewhere in between. It is largely due to Boethius that the Topics of Aristotle and Cicero were revived, and the Boethian tradition of topical argumentation spans its influence throughout the Middle Ages and into the early Renaissance: "In the works of Ockham , Buridan , Albert of Saxony , and the Pseudo-Scotus, for instance, many of the rules of consequence bear a strong resemblance to or are simply identical with certain Boethian Topics Topical argumentation for Boethius is dependent upon a new category for the topics discussed by Aristotle and Cicero, and "[u]nlike Aristotle, Boethius recognizes two different types of Topics.
First, he says, a Topic is a maximal proposition maxima propositio , or principle; but there is a second kind of Topic, which he calls the differentia of a maximal proposition They must hold true in and of themselves. According to Stump, "the role of maximal propositions in argumentation is to ensure the truth of a conclusion by ensuring the truth of its premises either directly or indirectly.
This is "the genus of the intermediate in the argument. The Topics which are the Differentiae of [maximal] propositions are more universal than those propositions, just as rationality is more universal than man.
Differentia operate under maximal propositions to "be of use in finding maximal propositions as well as intermediate terms," or the premises that follow maximal propositions. Boethius arranges differentiae through statements, instead of generalized groups as Aristotle does.
Stump articulates the difference. Aristotle had hundreds of topics organized into those four groups, whereas Boethius has twenty-eight "Topics" that are "highly ordered among themselves.
Maximal propositions and Differentiae belong not only to rhetoric, but also to dialectic. Boethius defines dialectic through an analysis of "thesis" and hypothetical propositions. He claims that "[t]here are two kinds of questions. This topic concerning the ontological nature of universal ideas was one of the most vocal controversies in medieval philosophy. He then turns to unpredicted complexity by categorizing numbers and parts of numbers. It was written toward the beginning of the sixth century and helped medieval authors during the ninth century understand Greek music.
Scholars have traditionally assumed that Boethius also made this connection, possibly under the header of wind instruments "administratur In one of his works within De institutione musica, Boethius said that "music is so naturally united with us that we cannot be free from it even if we so desired. Although he did not address the subject of trivium, he did write many treatises explaining the principles of rhetoric, grammar, and logic. During the Middle Ages, his works of these disciplines were commonly used when studying the three elementary arts.
Southern called Boethius "the schoolmaster of medieval Europe. He argues against the Arian view of the nature of God, which put him at odds with the faith of the Arian King of Italy. Utrum Pater et filius et Spiritus Sanctus de divinitate substantialiter praedicentur — "Whether Father, Son and Holy Spirit are Substantially Predicated of the Divinity," a short work where he uses reason and Aristotelian epistemology to argue that the Catholic views of the nature of God are correct.
Eutyches and Nestorius were contemporaries from the early to mid-5th century who held divergent Christological theologies. Boethius argues for a middle ground in conformity with Roman Catholic faith. His theological works played an important part during the Middle Ages in philosophical thought, including the fields of logic , ontology , and metaphysics.
De institutione arithmetica
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Boethius' De institutione arithmetica
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