<history of philosophy, biography> german theologian (1400-1464); author of De docta ingnorantia (Of Learned Ignorance) (1440) and De visione dei (Of the Vision of God) (1554). Cusa's late exposition of neoplatonic philosophy, according to which all contradictions are unified in the infinite divine nature, was greatly influential on major figures of the Renaissance. Recommended Reading: Jasper Hopkins, A Concise Introduction to the Philosophy of Nicholas of Cusa (Banning, 1986); Karl Jaspers and Hannah Arendt, Anselm and Nicholas of Cusa, tr. by Ralph Manheim (Harcourt Brace, 1974); and Jasper Hopkins, Nicholas of Cusa's Metaphysic of Contraction (Banning, 1983).
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