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2 The Tegernsee Debate

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The primary focus in this chapter is Cusanus, nevertheless, neither the criticism nor praise his doctrine of learned ignorance received in the course of the Tegernsee debate can be properly appreciated without grasping something of the context out of which it evolved. To make clearer how and why this debate emerged in the first place, we must first familiarize ourselves with the respective players, the intellectual and political milieu in which they worked, and the origins of Cusanus' relationship with them. Since virtually all of those involved were associated at one time with the University of Vienna and the Council of Basel, the chapter reviews their Vienna origins before looking more closely at the issue of Vincent's conciliarist grudge against Cusanus. Against this background, the chapter describes the reception of Cusanus' works in the Tegernsee circle, and the subsequent emergence of the debate.

Keywords: Council of Basel; Cusanus; Tegernsee debate; Vienna; Vincent



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