This book deals with one of the main themes in the life and thinking of Nicholas of Cusa (1401-1464), the experience of conflict and the need to realise reconciliation and tolerance. The essays in this volume are discussing not only the various conflicts in which this important philosopher, theologian, mathematician and politician of the 15th century was involved, but also try to interpret the main speculative themes in his philosophical and theological works in the perspective of his historical experiences. As such, the book also delivers a contribution to a better understanding of intellectual, religious and cultural life of the 15th Century as an era of transition between late Middle Ages and Early Modernity.
Contributors include: Inigo Bocken, Tilman Borsche, Gerald Christianson, Jean-Michel Counet, Jos Decorte (†), Wilhelm Dupré, Stephan van Erp, Maarten J.F.M. Hoenen, William Hoye, Thomas Izbicki, Frans Maas, Markus Riedenauer, Nikolaus Staubach, and Anton G. Weiler.
Inigo Bocken, Ph.D. (1997), University of Nijmegen, is Coordinating Secretary of the Centre for Cusanus Studies Nijmegen and Research Fellow at the Centre for Ethics, University of Nijmegen. He has published extensively on philosophy of religion, political philosophy and ethics in Early Modernity and on Nicholas of Cusa.
Table of contents
List of Contributors
PART I. CUSANUS AND THE SPIRIT OF THE DEVOTIO MODERNA
1. Reden unter Brüdern. Diskurstheoretische Bedingungen der Konkordanz bei Nikolaus von Kues,
Tilman Borsche 2. Cusanus und die Devotio Moderna,
Nikolaus Staubach 3. Ut pia testatoris voluntas observetur. Die Stiftung der
bursa cusana zu Deventer,
Maarten J.F.M. Hoenen
PART II. CUSANUS AND CONCILIARISM
4. Nicholas of Cusa on Harmony, Concordance, Consensus and Acceptance as Categories of Reform in the Church, in
De concordantia catholica,
Anton G. Weiler 5. Cusanus, Cesarini and the Crisis of Conciliarism,
PART III. ON RELIGIOUS CONFLICTS AND TOLERANCE
6. Tolerance and Trinity,
Jos Decorte (†) 7. Nicholas of Cusa and the Jews,
Thomas Izbicki 8. Religiöse und kulturelle Pluralität als Konfliktursache bei Nikolaus von Kues,
Markus Riedenauer 9. The Idea of Truth as the Basis for Religious Tolerance According to Nicholas of Cusa with Comparisons to Thomas Aquinas,
PART IV. THEOLOGY BETWEEN CONFLICT AND RECONCILIATION
10. Divine Omnipotence in the View of Nicholas of Cusa,
Frans Maas 11. The Possibilities of God. A Theological Response to Frans Maas’ Thesis on Divine Omnipotence in the Thought of Nicholas of Cusa,
Stephan van Erp 12. The meaning of apology and reconciliation for an apophatic theology,
PART V. FREEDOM AND RECONCILIATION
13. Spirit, Mind and Freedom,
Index of Names
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