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Nicholas of Cusa

A Sketch for a Biography

Erich Meuthen

Publication Year: 2012

This translation of Erich Meuthen's well-known biography of Nicholas of Cusa presents the foremost summary of Cusanus's life and thought. F

Published by: The Catholic University of America Press

Title Page, Copyright

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pp. v

List of Illustrations

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pp. vii

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pp. ix

To our respect and admiration for Erich Meuthen and his contributions to our knowledge of Nicholas of Cusa and the late Middle Ages we add our deep thanks for his acceptance of our offer to translate a work he modestly called a “sketch.” Many friends and colleagues gave us counsel and encouragement along the way. ...

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About This Translation

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pp. xi

This book is a translation of the seventh edition of Erich Meuthen’s Nikolaus von Kues: Skizze einer Biographie, published in 1992 by the Aschendorffsche Verlagsbuchhandlung GmbH & Co., Münster. As translators we faced three interwoven challenges common to the craft: to remain faithful to the original text; to render it in ...

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Erich Meuthen: An Appreciation

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pp. xiii-xvi

It would be very hard to find someone as qualified as Erich Meuthen to write a biography of Nicholas of Cusa (1401–1464). The following retrospective of Meuthen’s remarkable career is offered in appreciation not only for his groundbreaking “sketch” of the fifteenth-century philosopher, theologian, lawyer, reformer, ...

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The World of Cusanus, 1401–1464

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pp. xvii-xxvi

This book traces the life and ideas of the pivotal fifteenth-century churchman, Nicholas of Cusa (1401–1464). Born just after the new century dawned, Cusanus figured prominently in the intellectual and political crosscurrents of its first fifty years and more. The following introduction seeks to highlight features of ...

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Preface to the Seventh Edition

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pp. 1

As was true for the third edition of this book, the text has undergone a thorough review for this seventh edition, the most noticeable changes being various additions that, as before, have been prompted by the ongoing, lively Cusanus research. Indeed, much more ought to have been added, but I did not want to jeopardize ...

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pp. 3-4

To outline the life of Cusanus with a “sketch” seems to be taking an inordinate risk. The highly regarded biography that the Frenchman, Edmond Vansteenberghe, devoted to the man from the Mosel will soon be half a century old. While an immense amount of source information was already at his disposal, since ...

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A Sketch for a Biography

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pp. 5-146

He was born in 1401. This we ascertain from the inscription on his grave, and the year is confirmed by other references. His birthplace gave him the name under which he entered history. In 1430 he referred to himself for the last time using his family name: Nicolaus Cancer—in German, Krebs. Cryfftz, Krieffts, Kreves, and similar variations indicate the Mosel-Franconian dialect. ...


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pp. 147-154

Bibliographic Notes on Cusanus Research

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pp. 155-159

Bibliographic Notes on Cusanus Research,1992–2005

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pp. 161-167


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pp. 169-177

Production Notes

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E-ISBN-13: 9780813219288
Print-ISBN-13: 9780813217871

Page Count: 177
Publication Year: 2012