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The Immaterial Theurgy of Boethius

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dc.contributor.author Curran, Martin H.
dc.date.accessioned 2012-08-28T18:02:23Z
dc.date.available 2012-08-28T18:02:23Z
dc.date.issued 2012-08-28
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10222/15405
dc.description.abstract This 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.iso en en_US
dc.subject Proclus en_US
dc.subject Plotinus en_US
dc.subject Plato en_US
dc.subject Iamblichus en_US
dc.subject Neoplatonism en_US
dc.subject Theurgy en_US
dc.subject Prayer en_US
dc.subject The Consolation of Philosophy en_US
dc.subject Boethius en_US
dc.title The Immaterial Theurgy of Boethius en_US
dc.date.defence 2012-08-24
dc.contributor.department Department of Classics en_US
dc.contributor.degree Master of Arts en_US
dc.contributor.external-examiner N/A en_US
dc.contributor.graduate-coordinator Dr. Eli Diamond en_US
dc.contributor.thesis-reader Dr. Wayne Hankey; Dr. Peter O'Brien en_US
dc.contributor.thesis-supervisor Dr. Michael Fournier en_US
dc.contributor.ethics-approval Not Applicable en_US
dc.contributor.manuscripts Not Applicable en_US
dc.contributor.copyright-release Not Applicable en_US


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