Nicholas of Cusa: The Catholic Concordanceby Nicholas of Cusa, Nicholas, Nicolaus of Cusa
Pub. Date: 04/01/2003
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
This is the first English translation of the most important political treatise of the conciliar movement, the unsuccessful attempt to constitutionalize and democratize the Roman Catholic Church in the fifteenth century. Written in 1433 by Nicholas of Cusa (1401-1464), a young canon lawyer who was later to become a cardinal and a major philosophical figure, The Catholic Concordance defends the institutionalization of consent and representation in the Catholic Church and in the Holy Roman Empire with arguments drawn from Church history, philosophy, and canon law. This equalitarianism is combined with significant hierarchical elements to form the Catholic concordance. This work is an extremely important document in the history of political thought, representing one of the earliest formulations of the view that political legitimacy rests on consent. Paul E. Sigmund, editor and translator of the volume, is a noted authority in the field of medieval political thought, and his introduction places the work in its historical and philosophical context. A note on sources, a bibliography, and a short chronology are also included as aids to the reader.
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Table of Contents
Translator's preface; Introduction; Sources; Select Bibliography; Chronology; The Catholic Concordance Book one; Book two; Book three; Index.
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