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Idealistic Studies

Volume 45, Issue 3, Fall 2015

Thora Ilin Bayer
Pages 339-354

Nicholas of Cusa’s Maximum as a Renaissance Precursor to Hegel’s True Infinity

Hegel does not cite Nicholas of Cusa in his Lectures on the History of Philosophy or in any of his other works. Yet Cusanus was the founder of German philosophy and was a significant influence on Bruno who Hegel does discuss and who was read by Schelling through which he enters German Idealism. In systematic terms, Cusanus’ treatment of the Absolute and his mathematical symbolism of infinity offer a unique perspective from which to comprehend Hegel’s metaphysical principle of true infinity as the ground of the Hegelian dialectic.

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