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Mathematical TheologiesNicholas of Cusa and the Legacy of Thierry of Chartres$
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David Albertson

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199989737

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199989737.001.0001

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Chartrian Theology on Probation in the 1440s

Chartrian Theology on Probation in the 1440s

(p.199) 8 Chartrian Theology on Probation in the 1440s
Mathematical Theologies

David Albertson

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines tensions within Nicholas of Cusa’s writings in the decade after 1440. Cusanus first tried to reconstruct Thierry’s four modes of being on his own terms, pursuing a pure Neopythagorean philosophy without Trinity or Christ. The result was the lengthy work De coniecturis (“On Conjectures”), billed as the corrective sequel to De docta ignorantia. But with Thierry’s contributions suppressed, ambiguities soon arose about the disciplinary boundaries of mathematics and theology. Cusanus wrote a series of theological opuscula, experimenting with components of henology, folding, and Christology. He initiated a program of purely geometrical proofs that addressed the quadrature of the circle, an old Greek riddle, believing that the solution would be tantamount to glimpsing the ineffable ratio of divine (curved) and human (straight) minds. As Cusanus wrestled with his Chartrian sources, he struggled to hold together the two aspects of his thought, mathematical and theological.

Keywords:   Cusanus, De coniecturis, Thierry of Chartres, Neopythagoreanism, folding, henology

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