Nicholas of Cusa: Trinity, Freedom and Dialogue

Monaco, Davide
Nicholas of Cusa: Trinity, Freedom and Dialogue
Nicholas of Cusa: Trinity, Freedom and Dialogue
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Trinity, freedom and dialogue not only represent three themes of Nicholas Cusanus’ thought, but provide a possible hermeneutic key to reading his work and understanding his philosophy. Through a historico-philological and theoretico-speculative investigation, an attempt is made to investigate Cusanus’ complex reflection on the One and his reflections on the concept of man and religion. If Cusanus has collated Platonic and Neoplatonic reflection, in particular from Plato, Proclus and Dionysius, he managed at the same time to direct their teachings towards the Trinity. In his last works he reformulates his theory of the First Principle by endeavouring to thematize and give greater emphasise to the freedom of the One. But if freedom denote divine acting, it cannot but imprint also the being of his image, that is to say of man, whose mind is defined as viva imago Dei. Only by starting out from these presuppositions can the dialogical perspective be understood that he elaborated as response to the burning issue then current in his day of encounter, namely the meeting and clashing among the different cultures and religions. At the bloody conquest of Constantinople at the hands of the Turkish army (1453), just at the moment when all Europe was crying out for a recourse to arms and a crusade, the German philosopher and cardinal laid aside the merely denigratory and condemnatory designs against Islam in an attempt to make Christians realise that by putting faith in the one God there existed scope for possible mutual understanding and communion, that was essential for embarking on the way towards peace.

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Davide Monaco is currently a fixed term Assistant Professor at the University of Salerno (Italy), where he teaches Philosophical Hermenutics, Languages and Exegesis of German Philosophical Texts. He has achieved the National Scientific Qualification both in Theoretical Philosophy and in the History of Philosophy. Lecturer on the History of Medieval Philosophy and Theoretical Philosophy at the Institute of Theology of Salerno and the Superior Institute of Religious Sciences of Nola and of Salerno, that are affiliated to the Pontificia Faculty of Southern Italy. He was formerly Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellow at the University of Münster, Germany. Educated at the University of Salerno and the Pontifical University Urbaniana of Rome, he completed his studies and research at the University of Tubingen and the Istitut für Cusanus-Forschung of the University of Trier. Together with numerous articles and contributions on Cusanus made for national and international reviews and volumes, he has dedicated to Cusanus two monographs, namely Deus Trinitas. Dio come non altro nel pensiero di Nicolò Cusano, with a preface by W. Beierwaltes, Città Nuova, Roma 2010; Cusano e la pace della fede, with a preface by F. Tomatis, Città Nuova, Roma 2013. With this volume he was awarded the Helena Klotz-Makowiecki Prize, dedicated to the memory of Rudolf Haubst, for his scientific research on Cusanus.
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