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Nicholas of Cusa


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • Nicholas of Cusa 1401-1464. German prelate, scientist, and Neo-Platonist philosopher who emphasized the incompleteness of the human knowledge of God and nature.


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  • When a Christian theologian such as Nicholas of Cusa engages such issues, Herrick suggests that it is due to borrowing from the philosophies of Islamic Spain, which he claims were rooted in “Zoroastrianism and Persian astrology” p.46.

    Archive 2008-07-01

  • The prevailing "lonely Earth" outlook eventually encountered fierce opposition from a tract titled "Of Learned Ignorance" 1440, published by Nicholas of Cusa.

    The Loneliest Planet

  • In Catholicism, certain late-medieval thinkers such as William of Ockham and Nicholas of Cusa were strong voluntarists, as have been not a few Protestant thinkers since.

    Archive 2006-09-01

  • Although I know you have studied medieval history, and Catholics have been more diligent at that than Anglicans, I still see very little scholarship among Catholics or Anglicans seeking to apply the lessons and theories of past centuries to the problems of today, as was so strongly encouraged by C.S. Lewis and by Nicholas of Cusa before him.

    Colson: Lewis successful because he wasn't an evangelical

  • In Nicholas of Cusa, Giordano Bruno, and Spinoza, the two natures were fused in God.


  • About infinity in scientist-philosophers, or cosmologists, or astronomers from Nicholas of Cusa to Newton and Leib - niz there is the informative work of Koyré, which features


  • Boethian and Dionysian perspectives on analogy in the works of Eckhart and Nicholas of Cusa.

    Dictionary of the History of Ideas

  • On the other hand, the nonfinite universe preached by the mystical theologian Nicholas of Cusa had its circumference nowhere and its center everywhere.

    Dictionary of the History of Ideas

  • Petrarch humanized Augustine to confront man with his freedom and powers; Nicholas of Cusa developed


  • Such are Nicholas of Cusa, Montaigne, Charron, and Bayle, the last of whom aimed at producing the impression that everything is disputable by showing that everything is disputed.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 3: Brownson-Clairvaux


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