The Study Day is an opportunity for scholars with an interest in Boethius and his influence on later writers to meet together for an exchange of views. Proceedings will be semi-formal; short papers will be presented on different aspects of the Boethian corpus, and on his reception by writers such as Dante and Chaucer. Topics include philosophy in poetry, the philosophy of consolation, and the King’s/Dalhousie readings of Boethius. The intent is to increase understanding, to learn from colleagues, and to interest students in this important thinker, whose legacy stretched over the entirety of the middle ages. All are welcome.


9:30-10 am

Preamble: Students who may know nothing at all about Boethius can hear a vividly condensed account of the Consolation of Philosophy

Coffee Service


10-11:30 am

Wayne Hankey: “Retrieving the Body. The Vector of Forty Years of Study of the Consolation of Philosophy in the Scola Haligoniensis”

Michael Fournier: “Lucretius, Boethius, and the Strong Free Will Theorem”.

Ian Stewart: Boethius and Timaeus.


11:45 am – 12:30 pm

Cristalle Watson: “The Structure of Boethius’ Consolation: A Circle Becomes a Spiral”

Matthew Vanderkwaak: “Prayer in the Consolation.”

12:30-1:30 pm — Lunch break


1:30-2:30 pm Boethius and King’s

Matthew Furlong: “Being and Rhythm: On Stephen Blackwood’s Poetic Liturgy”

Neil Robertson: Robert Crouse on Boethius


2:30-2:45 pm Refreshments


2:45-4:30 pm The Afterlife of Boethius

Victoria Goddard

Thomas Curran: “Boethius’s Odysseus and Dante’s Ulysses”

Jennifer Bain: On Hildegard

Elizabeth Edwards: “Why Chaucer’s Troilus’ Will is not Free.”