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"Oedipus Rex" and "The Consolation of Philosophy"
An analysis of the themes of predetermination, chance and free will in Sophocles' "Oedipus Rex" and Anicius Manlius Severinus Boethius' "The Consolation of Philosophy".
# 103588 | 2,254 words | 4 sources | MLA | 2008 | US
Published on May 22, 2008 in Literature (Greek and Roman) , Philosophy (Ancient Greek)

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This paper embarks on a comparative study between the works of two giants in their fields: Sophocles, one of the three ancient great tragedians in Greece and Anicius Manlius Severinus Boethius, a Christian philosopher of the 6th Century in Rome. The purpose of the study of the two works, i.e., "Oedipus Rex" and "The Consolation of Philosophy", is to determine the differences, if any, in the reconciliation of the concepts of predetermination, chance and free will existing together at the same time in the universe.

Oedipus Rex
The Consolation of Philosophy
Predetermination, Chance and Free Will: Oedipus vs. The Consolation of Philosophy

From the Paper:

"The narrator of the story (which one can fairly presumed to be Boethius), was contemplating the hopelessness and anguish of his isolation. He was writing his desperate musings, hoping death will come to end his despair. He was despairing with the Muses of Poetry when suddenly appeared Philosophy, his old friend. Philosophy drives away the Muses of poetry and asks Boethius what is ailing him. To Philosophy, Boethius poured out his grief and anguish over his fate, the unjust accusations against him and his utter ruin. Philosophy condoles with Boethius and sets out to calm and sooth his spirit. But first she wanted to know why he has changed so much so she asked him several questions. She finds that Boethius has forgotten his own nature; that Boethius does not know the destiny or direction of the universe, and; third, that he was ignorant of how the world is being governed. "

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Fahlbusch, Erwin, Bromiley, Geoffrey William. The Encyclopedia of Christianity. Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing, 1998
  • Gills, N.S. Sophocles - Greek Tragedian. Ancient /Classical History About.com. 17 Nov 2007 <http://ancienthistory.about.com/od/sophocles/p/Sophocles.htm>
  • Hills, A.M. Dr. Calvinism and Arminianism Compared 18 Nov 2007 <http://www.eternalsecurity.us/calvinism_and_arminianism_compar.htm>
  • O'Connor, Timothy. Apr 14, 2005. Free Will. Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy. 19 Nov 2007. <http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/freewill/>

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