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Nicholas of Cusa

Inigo Bocken

Nicholas of Cusa

Inigo Bocken    2013Workspace

Nicholas of Cusa, or Cusanus, was one of the leading and most original scholars in 15th Century - Philosopher, theologian, mathematician and political thinker at the same time. He also played an important role on the political scene of his time. Being the personal diplomat of Pope Eugen IV, he was involved in the negotiations with the Eastern Church, as well as with the Hussites. The importance of his writings was acknowledged only in 20th Century. Cusa's thinking is important for the study of spirituality, for it collects a theoretical approach of spiritual experiences in history and a framework of Interpretation in order to understand these historical experience for the actual individual life.


Modern Devotion

Nicholas was a friend of the Modern Devotion movement.

  • Nikolaus Staubach: Cusanus und die Devotio Moderna. In: Conflict and Reconciliation. Brill, Leiden 20014, 29-51.
  • Nikolaus Staubach: Cusani laudes. Nikolaus von Kues und die Devotio moderna im spätmittelalterlichen Reformdiskurs. In: Frühmittelalterliche Studien 34 (2000), 259-337.
  • Gerrit Verhoeven: Visitatie en reformatie bij de norbertinessen in de vijftiende eeuw. De houding van legaat Cusanus, de orde van Prémontré en de vader-abt van Marienweerd jegens de jonkvrouwen van Koningsveld. In: Monastiek observantisme en Moderne Devotie in de Noorderlijke Nederlanden. Redactie Hildo van Engen en Gerrit Verhoeven. Verloren, Hilversum 2008, 133-165.
  • Morimichi Watanabe: Following Cusanus's Footsteps.(31) The IJssel Valley and Deventer. In: American Cusanus Society Newsletter Vol. XXIII, Number 2, December 2006, 17-20.


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