Nicholas of Cusa - A Companion to his Life and his Times

Nicholas of Cusa - A Companion to his Life and his Times

By: Morimichi Watanabe (author), Professor Gerald Christianson (author), Dr. Thomas M. Izbicki (editor)Hardback

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This work is a guide to the life, thought and activities of Nicholas of Cusa (1401-1464), the great fifteenth-century philosopher, theologian, jurist, author of mystical and ecclesiastical treatises, cardinal and reformer. It is intended not only for advanced scholars, but also for beginners and those simply curious about a man who has been called 'one of the greatest Germans of the fifteenth century' and a 'medieval thinker for the modern age'. The book provides a series of detailed but readable essays on ideas, persons, and places, a work developed over the course of nearly three decades. First, it contains articles on the important events and concepts that affected Cusanus--philosophical, religious, intellectual and political. Then it turns to his precursors and contemporaries, both friendly and critical. These include philosophers, theologians, politicians, and canon lawyers. And third, the book follows the footsteps of the man from Kues and examines various sites where he lived, studied, or visited. Because the author has also visited many of these sites, he can contribute personal observations to enliven the journey. To add to the book's usefulness as a resource and reference tool, each entry is followed by a bibliography containing both recent and older works. The purpose of the volume is to gain a greater appreciation of Cusanus and his legacy by striving for a total view of his thought and experience instead of narrowly focusing on specific philosophical, theological or intellectual ideas, or certain periods of his activities in isolation from other facets of this compelling figure.

About Author

Morimichi Watanabe, Ph.D., was Professor Emeritus of History and Political Science at C. W. Post Campus, Long Island University, USA and President Emeritus of the American Cusanus Society. The Rev. Dr. Gerald Christianson is Central Pennsylvania Synod Professor of Church History, Emeritus, at the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg, U.S.A. Thomas M. Izbicki, Ph.D. in History, Cornell University, is Humanities Librarian at the Archibald S. Alexander Library at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, U.S.A. He is also Vice-President of the American Cusanus Society.


Contents: Preface; Main events in the life of Nicholas of Cusa; Works of Nicholas of Cusa; Introduction; Part I Ideas and Events: Canon law; Great Schism of the West (1378-1417); Conciliarism; Cusanus' legation journey (1450-1452); Devotio Moderna; Fall of Constantinople (1453); Congress of Mantua (1459-1460); Islam; Huanism; Neoplatonism; Negative theology. Part II Persons: Aeneas Sylvius Piccolomini (1405-1464) in Scotland; Vincent of Aggsbach (c. 1389-1464); Cardinal Bessarion (1403-1472); Giovanni Andrea Bussi (1417-1475); Heymericus de Campo (1395-1460); Giuliano Cesarini (1389?-1444); Eleanor of Scotland (1433-1480); Peter Wymar von Erkelenz (c.1430-1494); Pope Eugenius IV (1383-1447) ( r.1431-1447); Richard Fleming (c.1378-1431); Emperor Frederick III (1415-1493) (r.1440-1493); Gregor Heimburg (c.1400-1472); Johannes Hinderbach (1418-1486); Thomas Livingston(e) (d. 1460?); Ramon Llull (1232/33-1315/16); Pope Nicholas V (1397-1455) (r.1447-1455); Johannes Nider (c.1380-1438); Lodovico Pontano (1409-1439); John of Ragusa (1390/95-1443); Johannes Rode (c.1385-1439); Juan de Segovia (c.1393-1458); Verena von Stuben (c.1414-1472?); The Monks of Tegernsee; Juan de Torquemada (1388-1468); Janos Vitez (c.1408-1472); Bernhard von Waging (c.1400-1472). Part III Places: Kues: the town; Manderscheid; The University of Heidelberg, 1416-1417; The University of Padua, 1417-1423; Rome in 1424; Trier and St. Mathias Abbey; Altrich; The University of Cologne; Chartreuse de Vauvert in Paris; Bacharach; Koblenz; Wurzburg; St. Goar; Basel; Constantinople in 1437 and 1438; Regensburg; Bologna; Crete; Spittal; Magdeburg; Wilsnack and Halberstadt; Havelberg; Hildesheim; Minden; Deventer; Windesheim and Diepenveen; Castle Andraz; Rome under Pius II; Kues: the hospital; Kues: the library; Orvieto and Monte Oliveto; Todi and Ancona.

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  • ISBN13: 9781409420392
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 432
  • ID: 9781409420392
  • weight: 1078
  • ISBN10: 1409420396

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