Nicholas of Cusa (d. 1464) was one of the most original thinkers of the Renaissance. This collection examines, from several viewpoints, his speculative thought and reviews his ideas on dialogue with non-Christians in the light of his theories.
The collection opens with a review of the origins of modern Cusanus scholarship. At its heart is a series on Nicholas' quest for God, his comprehension of the cosmos and his views on the intellect, also on his approach to non-Christians. It concludes with an essay on the relationship of Cusanus' life to his theories and a bibliographic review of Cusanus scholarship in the English language.
This collection will serve as a microcosm of the present scholarship in English on a complex and versatile theorist. The bibliography of Cusanus scholarship will enable interested readers to explore other themes and other viewpoints not encompassed by these essays.
Gerald Christianson is Professor of Church History at the Gettysburg Lutheran Seminar, University of Chicago. Publications:
Cesarini, the Conciliar Cardinal (1979).
Thomas M. Izbicki is Resource Librarian for European & Byzantine History and Philosophy at the Milton S. Eisenhower Library, The Johns Hopkins University. Publications:
Protector of the Faith, Cardinal Johannes de Turrecremata and the Defense of the Institutional Church (1981), and translator of Juan de Torquemada,
A Disputation on the Authority of Pope and Council (1988).
Church historians, specialists of Philosophy of the Renaissance, and all those interested in Nicholas of Cusa.