Infinity in
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Безкрайността в "За ученото незнание" на Николай от Куза
Infinity in "De docta ignorantia" by Nicolaus Cusanus

Author(s): Bistra Gospodinova
Subject(s): Philosophy, Philosophy of Middle Ages, Renaissance Philosophy
Published by: Издателство »Изток-Запад«
Keywords: Cusa; absolute maximum; infinity; learned ignorance; docta ignorantia;

Summary/Abstract: The subject of this paper is the notion of the infinity in "De docta ignorantia" by Nicolaus Cusanus. Nicolaus formulates his famous teaching about the impossibility of differentiation between infinite and finite (nulla proportio itnter infinitum et finitum) and states that the logic based on the law of noncontradiction is valid only in conditions of correlation, i.e.under the conditions of set time, space and relation. Absolute infinity could be examined only through the method of learned ignorance (docta ignorantia). As we take into consideration the concepts of infinity, unity,being and essence, according to which the idea of the absolute maximum presents itself, we conclude that in Nicolaus’ philosophical program the absolute maximum is the absolute infinity– inseparable and integral – which comprises everything within itself.

  • Issue Year: 2017
  • Issue No: 23
  • Page Range: 181-192
  • Page Count: 12
  • Language: Bulgarian