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1 The Cusanus-Wenck Debate

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In order to understand the criticism in De ignota litteratura and Cusanus' response to it in the Apologia, one must view both against the background of Wenck's previous involvement with Cusanus in the political arena, as well as the former's fierce opposition to what he perceived as subversive and heretical approaches to theology. As Gelnhausen formed the fulcrum of this debate, and in a way served to instigate it, this chapter remarks on his role in the emergence of the debate before turning to the texts themselves. As much as conciliarism stood in the background of the debate, it was never explicitly brought up by Wenck in his polemical treatise as a point of criticism against Cusanus. While the Apologia criticized scholastic theology as practiced at the universities, the Idiota treatises present a new model for the practice of theological science, and are as such essentially pedagogical in nature.

Keywords: Apologia; conciliarism; Cusanus; De ignota litteratura; Gelnhausen; Idiota treatises; Wenck



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