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Boethius of Dacia (fl. c.1275)

DOI: 10.4324/9780415249126-B017-1
Version: v1,  Published online: 1998
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Article Summary

Boethius developed an original theory of scientific knowledge designed to reconcile science with Christian doctrine without allowing one to determine the contents of the other. His main strategy was to consider each science as an independent system of axioms and theorems while also operating with a hierarchy of causes, the highest of which (God) is fundamentally unpredictable as to its operations. Boethius did, however, stress the powers of the human intellect and the possibility of reaching happiness through rational understanding; he vigorously objected to demands that natural science should adapt its axioms to the demands of Christian faith. This laid him open to suspicions of heresy. Boethius’ work on grammar is the most complete application of his ideas of how to construct a science.

Citing this article:
Ebbesen, Sten. Boethius of Dacia (fl. c.1275), 1998, doi:10.4324/9780415249126-B017-1. Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy, Taylor and Francis,
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