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Fabulous Philosophizing After 1170

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Those who wrote Boethian prosimetrum in the twelfth century combined high literary aspirations with earnest philosophical inquiry, until Alans De planctu Naturae made manifest the inherent difficulties of this mode of composition, and so signaled its end. Boethius, too, who not only provided the Latin Middle Ages with a significant model of fabulous philosophizing in his Consolation, but also produced the most important textbooks of logic in Latin, was aware of this tension; he himself wished to have it both ways. The Roman de la Rose borrows a great deal from Alans De planctu, in particular, including an erotically obsessed protagonist who interacts with a cast of personified abstractions. Twelfth-century Boethian prosimetrum was without doubt a product of its time, a brief period when interest in literary art, Platonic philosophical mythology, and introspective self-study all came together in a synergistic way.

Keywords: Alans De planctu Naturae; fabulous philosophizing; Latin middle ages; Platonic philosophical mythology; Roman de la Rose; twelfth-century Boethian prosimetrum



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