Understanding and Truth in Boethius’s
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Understanding and Truth in Boethius’s "The Consolation of Philosophy"
Understanding and Truth in Boethius’s "The Consolation of Philosophy"

Author(s): Elitza Kaldramova
Subject(s): Metaphysics, Philosophy of Middle Ages, Systematic Theology
Published by: Издателство »Изток-Запад«
Keywords: understanding; truth; spark; Boethius; reason; good.

Summary/Abstract: Understanding is associated with reason. It is correct when it corresponds to the truth and is incorrect when fallacy is mistaken as truth. The latter is considered as great value because it is necessary for achieving human’s ontological purpose, namely achieving the good. Truth also leads to understanding and is associated with light. Correct understanding provides information about the value of different things and thus striving for seemingly valuable and god things is avoided. It has a significant role in noticing the differences between truth and false opinion. Understanding and truth are necessary conditions for acquiring knowledge and have a two-way relationship between them. On the one hand, understanding is acquired by means of the spark of truth present in the human soul. On the other hand, truth leads to understanding different relations, for example the one between material and non-material world.

  • Issue Year: 2018
  • Issue No: 24
  • Page Range: 47-54
  • Page Count: 8
  • Language: English