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This introductory chapter outlines some early expressions of the faith-reason dialectic in Cusanus' sermons and especially in his treatise De docta ignorantia, as it is the views set forth here which really instigate the debates in which he later becomes involved. It reviews previous scholarship on the subject of faith and reason in Cusans' thought, in order to situate our research vis-à-vis the status quo. The chapter also explores Cusanus' repeated attempts, throughout his works and throughout his life, to demonstrate the essential harmony of faith and reason. Furthermore, since ratio in the medieval period was indissoluably associated with the Aristotelian philosophy, there is much to be revealed about Cusanus' position on faith and reason by examining his relationship to the Aristotelian tradition, a subject which has as yet received relatively little attention in the research, due to the widely-held view that Cusanus advocates the rejection of Aristotelian philosophy.

Keywords: Aristotelian philosophy; Cusanus; De docta ignorantia; faith; sermons



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