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World Without End Nicholas Of Cusa'S View Of Time And Eternity

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First, whereas there is room for Christian ideas about the eschata in the early work, this theme is absent in the later work. Before I examine these shifts, I shall give an outline of the way in which Cusanus treats the theme of duration or end of the world. The subsequent part of this chapter treats the philosophical approach. With this name, first deployed in the Christian humanism essays in honour of Arjo Vanderjagt with the same title, De possest (1460), Cusanus intends to modify the Aristotelian-Thomistic concept of God as pure actuality. Here, in De venatione sapientiae, he determines God's first creation as posse fieri, &t;being able to become&t;. In spite of the fact that Cusa-nus does not present Christ as the metaphysical link between God and creation in this work either, he does portray him here as the secure foundation and goal of knowledge and spiritual motion.

Keywords:Arjo Vanderjagt; Cusa's view; De possest; De venatione sapientiae; eternity; Nicholas



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