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dc.contributor.authorCurran, Martin H.
dc.date.accessioned2012-08-28T18:02:23Z
dc.date.available2012-08-28T18:02:23Z
dc.date.issued2012-08-28
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10222/15405
dc.description.abstractThis thesis is an attempt to understand the efficacy of prayer in Boethius’ 'Consolation of Philosophy.' Prayer is man’s commercium with the divine realm, and so prayer is higher than human thought. The highest stage of prayer in the Consolation is similar to that in Iamblichus’ 'De Mysteriis': man becomes aware of his own deficiency compared to the divine and so turns to prayer. Lower prayers are also effective because they are both immaterial theurgy and spiritual exercises. The circles throughout the work are a crucial instance of these prayers. They constantly purify the Prisoner’s soul of false notions, and restore it to its true state. They lead the Prisoner to discover that his activity of thinking is a form of theurgy. The Consolation reveals that in the life of philosophy there is a mutual interdependence between thought, prayer and theurgy.en_US
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.subjectProclusen_US
dc.subjectBoethiusen_US
dc.subjectThe Consolation of Philosophyen_US
dc.subjectPrayeren_US
dc.subjectTheurgyen_US
dc.subjectNeoplatonismen_US
dc.subjectIamblichusen_US
dc.subjectPlatoen_US
dc.subjectPlotinusen_US
dc.titleThe Immaterial Theurgy of Boethiusen_US
dc.date.defence2012-08-24
dc.contributor.departmentDepartment of Classicsen_US
dc.contributor.degreeMaster of Artsen_US
dc.contributor.external-examinerN/Aen_US
dc.contributor.graduate-coordinatorDr. Eli Diamonden_US
dc.contributor.thesis-readerDr. Wayne Hankey; Dr. Peter O'Brienen_US
dc.contributor.thesis-supervisorDr. Michael Fournieren_US
dc.contributor.ethics-approvalNot Applicableen_US
dc.contributor.manuscriptsNot Applicableen_US
dc.contributor.copyright-releaseNot Applicableen_US
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