IMC 2020: Sessions

Session 154: Nicholas of Cusa, I: Nicholas of Cusa between Platonism and Aristotelianism

Monday 6 July 2020, 11.15-12.45

Sponsor:Cusanus Society of UK & Ireland
Organiser:William P. Hyland, School of Divinity, University of St Andrews
Moderator/Chair:Silvianne Aspray, Faculty of Divinity, University of Cambridge
Paper 154-aThe Platonic Turn: The Role of Platonism in Cusanus's De Principio
(Language: English)
Luca Burzelli, Classe di Lettere e Filosofia, Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa
Index terms: Philosophy, Religious Life, Theology
Paper 154-bCusanus, Reader of Aristotle's Metaphysics: The Marginalia of the Codex Cusanus 184 (Bernkastel-Kues, St Nikolaus-Hospital)
(Language: English)
Salvatore Carannante, Classe di Lettere e Filosofia Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa
Index terms: Philosophy, Religious Life, Theology
Paper 154-cNicholas of Cusa on God as Causa sui
(Language: English)
Félix Resch, Faculté Notre-Dame Collège des Bernardins Paris
Index terms: Philosophy, Religious Life, Theology
Abstract

This session will approach the question of the ongoing influence that the availability of new texts, whether in the Aristotelian or Platonic tradition, had on the philosophical thought of Cusanus. It will view the way that Cusanus digested newly available texts, and how they led him to take up new metaphysical positions. Close study of his works reveals that Cusanus’ metaphysical ideas would evolve, and a close examination of the marginalia of certain manuscripts sheds light on this process as it happened.