Thomas Frank, Norbert Winkler (Ed.)
Renovatio et unitas – Nikolaus von Kues als Reformer
Theorie und Praxis der reformatio im 15. Jahrhundert
1. Edition 2012
Berliner Mittelalter- und Frühneuzeitforschung -
Among the numerous coevals of the 15th century who were eager to improve the condition of the church and the world, Nicholas of Cusa (1401–1464) is certainly one of the most interesting ones. He dedicated most of his lifetime to reforming, the marks of his activites being considerable: the Concile of Basle, his legation in Germany, his years as a bishop of Brixen, the foundation of a hospital in Kues, and his reform proposals as a cardinal in the Papal States. The broad horizon of the theologist, philosopher and canonist allows – beyond the reconstruction of single episodes – a comprehensive historical and theoretical approach to the problem of reform. This book binds together contributions of medieval historians and historians of philosophy. On the one hand it aims to expose the reform ideas and narratives standing behind Cusanus’ activities, including their contradictions, and on the other hand to further put these narratives in the context of their theological and philosophical implications, as they appear in his theoretical writings.