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On Faith, Rationality, and the Other in the Late Middle Ages:: A Study of Nicholas of Cusa's Manuductive Approach to Islam

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On Faith, Rationality, and the Other in the Late Middle Ages is an investigation of Nicholas of Cusa that seeks a deeper understanding of this important medieval intellectual and his importance for us today. One of Gergely Bakos's primary aims in this study is to understand Nicholas of Cusa's important and underexamined dimensions of his approach to dialogue with Islam. The framework and the methodology that informs this investigation was inspired by the late ...
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On Faith, Rationality, and the Other in the Late Middle Ages is an investigation of Nicholas of Cusa that seeks a deeper understanding of this important medieval intellectual and his importance for us today. One of Gergely Bakos's primary aims in this study is to understand Nicholas of Cusa's important and underexamined dimensions of his approach to dialogue with Islam. The framework and the methodology that informs this investigation was inspired by the late Professor Jos Decorte (1954-2001), a Flemish philosopher and mediaevalist at the Catholic University of Leuven in Belgium. Bakos carefully exposits his method of approaching medieval thought (Part One) and then applies and tests this method in practice (Part Two). The most extensive part of this study offers a sketch of the historical background of Nicholas's dialogue with Islam and investigates what possibilities this approach offers. All of this is placed in dialogue with two other mediaeval approaches to Islam (Thomas Aquinas and Ramón Lull). The final chapters discuss Nicholas of Cusa's project from a perspective offered by his mystical theology. The book culminates in an exploration of the possibilities of Nicholas of Cusa's approach by testing the framework of the study. Finally, the author evaluates the application of his own approach (Part Three). The study ultimately has two purposes: to contribute to a better understanding of Nicholas of Cusa's thought, on the one hand, and, on the other, to test a particular methodology and interpretative framework for the understanding of mediaeval culture.

Endorsements:
""This book is a gem. Those who already love the Middle Ages are in for a treat . . . Those less familiar with the Middle Ages will learn enormously. If Europe has a problem to wrestle with, it is not how to sustain her wealth and prestige, but how to think about, and live properly, her contacts with Islam. As Bakos demonstrates, Nicholas of Cusa may have lived long ago, but he is no mean guide for the times.""
--G. J. McAleer
Professor of Philosophy
Loyola University, Maryland

""This book dispels the default position that Cusanus would have forced the Christian agenda down upon everyone else. It turns out, rather, that the main subject of the manuductio is the pious believer himself. As long as religion faces the absolute, this absolute faces every human being.""
--From the Foreword by Paul Richard Blum

About the Contributor(s):
Gergely T. Bakos is a Benedictine monk holding the Chair of Philosophy at the Sapientia Theological School of Religious Orders in Budapest, Hungary.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781606083420
  • Publisher: Wipf & Stock Publishers
  • Publication date: 1/1/2011
  • Series: Princeton Theological Monographs
  • Pages: 362
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

Gergely T. Bakos is a Benedictine monk holding the Chair of Philosophy at the Sapientia Theological School of Religious Orders in Budapest, Hungary.

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Table of Contents

Foreword Paul Richard Blum ix

Preface xi

Acknowledgments xv

Abbreviations xvii

Chronology xviii

Part 1 Prolegomena

On the Formal Aspect of Medieval Rationality 3

Part 2 Nicholas of Cusa's Manuductive Theology and Its Relation to Islam

1 Setting the Stage: Questions and Problems of the Time 33

2 Two Medieval Approaches to Islam and Their Limitations 87

3 On the Manuductive Strategy of Nicholas of Cusa's Mystical Theology 142

4 Manuductio in the De Pace Fidei and the Beginnings of Pia Interpretatio 205

5 Manuductio and Pia Interpretatio as a Way of Giving Glory to God 241

6 Towards a Conclusion 297

Part 3 Questioning the Prolegomena

Resurrecting Wisdom or a Return to the Middle-Ages? 313

Epilogue 327

Appendix 331

Bibliography 333

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