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By Peter J. Casarella

ISBN-10: 0813214262

ISBN-13: 9780813214269

The considered Nicholas of Cusa (1401-1464) attracts upon a wealthy historical past of historic, medieval, and Renaissance traditions and ties those traditions jointly right into a synthesis that keeps to awaken new principles in philosophy, theology, aesthetics, background, political concept, and the philosophy of technology. This quantity bargains an in depth historic history to Cusanus's considering whereas additionally assaying his importance for the current. It brings jointly significant contributions from the English-speaking global in addition to voices from Europe. each one essay represents a clean new viewpoint on Cusanus―the cardinal, thinker, theologian, political theorist, mathematician, and humanist from the 15th century.

The assortment encompasses 4 forms of examine on Cusanus. One technique specializes in the traditional and medieval culture of which Nicholas observed himself to be an element. A moment mode of inquiry seems at specific principles or texts of Cusanus of their personal correct. a 3rd process treats Cusanus when it comes to his dating to different thinkers of the 15th century. ultimately, a fourth point of view opens the door to a modern retrieval of Cusanus's inspiration. by no means earlier than have such a lot of disciplinary views been gathered jointly in one quantity on Nicholas of Cusa. the varied voices of the quantity are hence attuned to the multifaceted history of the philosopher of the 15th century yet converse in a compelling manner for the necessity to re-evaluate his novel integration of concept today.

The ebook will charm not just to experts within the considered Cusanus but additionally to people who have an interest in studying how the private and highbrow legacy of a German cardinal from the 15th century can nonetheless galvanize rather a lot curiosity between an international neighborhood of students today.

in regards to the EDITOR:

Peter J. Casarella is affiliate professor of systematic theology on the Catholic college of the United States. he's the writer of a number of books and articles together with Word as Bread: Language and Theology in Nicholas of Cusa (forthcoming).


Elizabeth Brient, Peter Casarella, Louis Dupré, Wilhelm Dupré, Walter Andreas Euler, Karsten Harries, Jasper Hopkins, Nancy Hudson, Regine Kather, Il Kim, Bernard McGinn, Cary J. Nederman, Thomas Prügl, Paul E. Sigmund, Frank Tobin, and Morimichi Watanabe


"This is a really wealthy choice of papers which painting and learn Nicholas of Cusa as mystic, thinker, flesh presser, aesthete and normal scientist. They excellently converse either the flexibility and the underlying coherence of Nicholas' magisterial paintings. Peter Casarella and his participants have given us a big e-book that's to be warmly suggested not just for people with pursuits within the past due medieval international, but in addition when you desire to notice some time past very important assets for the formation of the present."―Oliver Davies, King's university London

"Peter Casarella and the individuals have awarded a booklet which ends up in many essentially convincing facets of the legacy of realized ignorance." ― Harald Schwaetzer, The Medieval Review

"The editor of this quantity, Peter Casarella, has geared up a suite of papers rooted in a panoply of viewpoints, presuppositions and fields of inquiry, which, while collected jointly, very like the Tegernsee clergymen collected round the icon of Christ in Cusa's vintage, De visione Dei, works to complement, increase and increase what in a different way will be extra impoverished views. during this method, the gathering authentically represents the Cusan legacy, demonstrating the significance and enduring relevance of Cusa's conjectures in a number of fields. . . . The essays during this assortment exhibit an important strengthen in Cusan scholarship. . . . [The] caliber of study represented in those essays is helping bend the branches that the fruit can be

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The Cusan philosopher rightfully praises the human capacity to recreate nature so long as one recognizes even more clearly the human incapacity to create lasting spiritual meaning simply by the exercise of individual volition. For Cusanus the limit imposed by this openly theological construct is not so much a privation of one’s humanity as a thoroughly positive endowment. In a global culture with increasingly fewer limits, learned ignorance remains a path for limitless discovery of a finite self.

But because it is like the Father, it is like God, as the Father. But God the Father is the sole source of all things, as mentioned above. Therefore the name which is like the Father has to be the same sole God who is the Father, although the name is not the Father but [rather] the name of the Father which, because it is from the Father, we can name as his highest likeness the Son—in likeness of the sensual birth by which the son is from the father. But just as no son on this earth is so like his father—he could certainly be more like [him]—so it is that no thing can ever be so like another thing that it could not be more like it.

First of all, you find on this earth many things: stars, animals, trees, etc. Then you see that these many things are dissimilar. A star is not like an animal, an animal not like a tree, and that nothing is like anything else. Then you see that all things are separated and divided: the stars there up above, the earth here below, fish in the water, birds in the air. And each is divided from the others. These three things any person easily notices on this earth: many, dissimilar, and separated. And out of many comes dissimilar, and out of them both comes separated.

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