IMC 2004: Sessions

Session 1221: Nicholas of Cusa and the Idea of Tolerance

Wednesday 14 July 2004, 14.15-15.45

Sponsor:American Cusanus Society and Politicas
Organiser:Thomas M. Izbicki, Eisenhower Library, Johns Hopkins University
Moderator/Chair:Cary J. Nederman, Department of Political Science, Texas A&M University, College Station
Paper 1221-bBetween Tolerance and Wisdom: Nicholas of Cusa on the Plurality of Religions
(Language: English)
Inigo Bocken, Centrum voor Ethiek, Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen
Index terms: Philosophy, Theology
Paper 1221-cNicholas of Cusa and the Names of God
(Language: English)
Thomas M. Izbicki, Eisenhower Library, Johns Hopkins University
Index terms: Philosophy, Theology

Nicholas of Cusa is credited with a more tolerant attitude toward non-Christian religions than was common in the Late Middle Ages. This impression is based to a large extent on his De pace fidei (ca. 1453), which proposed ‘one religion with a variety of rites’. These papers will explore Cusanus’ attitudes toward Muslims (Riedenauer) and the larger idea of a plurality of religions (Bocken). Both papers will reveal the extent of Cusanus’ idea of tolerance – and its limits.