Selected Spiritual Writings: Nicholas of Cusa

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Nicholas of Cusa (1401-1464) is often called the outstanding intellectual figure of the fifteenth century as well as the principal gatekeeper between medieval and modern philosophy. This volume gives fresh attention to the theological and mystical dimensions of his thought. The introduction casts new and exciting light on the development of Cusa's theology of spirituality. The book also provides for the first time in one volume an English translation of Cusa's basic mystical corpus: On Learned Ignorance; On the ...
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Nicholas of Cusa (1401-1464) is often called the outstanding intellectual figure of the fifteenth century as well as the principal gatekeeper between medieval and modern philosophy. This volume gives fresh attention to the theological and mystical dimensions of his thought. The introduction casts new and exciting light on the development of Cusa's theology of spirituality. The book also provides for the first time in one volume an English translation of Cusa's basic mystical corpus: On Learned Ignorance; On the Hidden God; On Seeking God; On the Vision of God; and On the Summit of Contemplation. Another unique feature is the annotated glossary of key Cusan terms that accompanies the texts.

Cusa's writings reveal a remarkably imaginative and gifted theologian who anticipated contemporary questions of ecumenicity and pluralism, empowerment and reconciliation, and tolerance and individuality. These translations particularly communicate to us his experience of a very large God that jostles us out of our parochialism. For all his intellectual power, he never closes his thought into a system. He is a significator and a conjecturer. He keeps pointing beyond his own words and beyond even his prized formulae and labels, including "learned ignorance" and "coincidence of opposites." He persistently brings theology to the edge of incomprehensibility, beyond both positive and negative ways, beyond even paradox and the coincidence of opposites, to the realm of the Purely Absolute and Infinite, to the contemplation of Possibility Itself.

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Table of Contents

Foreword
Preface
Abbreviations
Introduction I. Life and Times 3
Introduction II. Importance 13
Introduction III. The Coincidence of Opposites: On Learned Ignorance 19
Introduction IV. The Spirituality of Ignorance: Dialogue on the Hidden God and on Seeking God 36
Introduction V. Mystical Theology and Coincidence: On the Vision of God 43
Introduction VI. Contemplation and Theology: On the Summit of Contemplation 56
On Learned Ignorance 85
Dialogue on the Hidden God 207
On Seeking God 215
On the Vision of God 233
On the Summit of Contemplation 291
Notes to Texts 304
A Brief Glossary of Cusan Terms 335
Select Bibliography 341
Indexes 357
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