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Nicholas of Cusa and the Renaissance

1st Edition

By F. Edward Cranz, Thomas M. Izbicki


257 pages

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pub: 2000-03-22
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This volume brings together Professor Cranz’s published studies on Nicholas of Cusa with a set of seven papers left unpublished at the time of his death. Their subjects are the speculative thought of Cusanus and his relationship with the broader themes of the Renaissance. Particular attention is given to patterns of development in Cusanus’ thought as he wrestled with problems of divine transcendence and the limits of human capacities. Overall, these studies also reveal Professor Cranz’s interest in the larger changes in Western modes of thought during the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, which define our ways of thinking as different from those of Antiquity.


'… the volume has considerable value for those who study Renaissance intellectual history.' Sixteenth Century Journal

Table of Contents

Contents: F. Edward Cranz (1914-1998); Introduction: F. Edward Cranz’s conception of Western philosophy, Charles Trinkaus; Part One: Major themes in Nicholas of Cusa; Development in Cusanus?; Reason and beyond reason in Nicholas of Cusa; Reason, intellect and the absolute in Nicholas of Cusa; Part Two: The late works of Nicholas of Cusa; The late works of Nicholas of Cusa; The De aequalitate and De principio of Nicholas of Cusa; Part Three: Nicholas of Cusa, Augustine, Proclus, and pseudo-dionysius; Saint Augustine and Nicholas of Cusa in the tradition of Western Christian thought; The [concept of the] beyond in Proclus, Pseudo-Dionysius and Cusanus; Nicolaus Cusanus and Dionysius Areopagita; Cusanus’ use of Pseudo-Dionysius; Part Four: Nicholas of Cusa and Martin Luther; A common pattern in Petrarch, Nicholas of Cusa and Martin Luther; The transmutation of Platonism in the development of Nicolaus Cusanus and of Martin Luther; Cusanus, Luther and the mystical tradition; Epilogue; Bibliographical background to De visione Dei of Cusanus; Appendix: Sources of articles; Works by Nicholas of Cusa cited; Index of names.

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Variorum Collected Studies

The first title in the Variorum Collected Studies series was published in 1970. Since then well over 1000 titles have appeared in the series, and it has established a well-earned international reputation for the publication of key research across a whole range of subjects within the fields of history.

The history of the medieval world remains central to the series, with Byzantine studies a particular speciality, but the range of titles extends from Hellenistic philosophy and the history of the Roman empire and early Christianity, through the Renaissance and Reformation, up to the 20th century. Islamic Studies forms another major strand as do the histories of science, technology and medicine.

Each title in the Variorum Collected Studies series brings together for the first time a selection of articles by a leading authority on a particular subject. These studies are reprinted from a vast range of learned journals, Festschrifts and conference proceedings. They make available research that is scattered, even inaccessible in all but the largest and most specialized libraries. With a new introduction and index, and often with new notes and previously unpublished material, they constitute an essential resource. 

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