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Title: Concordantia et differentia
Subtitle: Tolerantie en waarheid volgens Nicolaus Cusanus (1401-1464) - The Concept of Tolerance and the Idea of Truth in the Philosophy of Nicholas of Cusa (1401-1464)
Author(s): BOCKEN, Inigo
Journal: Bijdragen
Volume: 57    Issue: 1   Date: 1996   
Pages: 40-61
DOI: 10.2143/BIJ.57.1.2002435

Abstract :
In this article the question is posed whether the modern concept of tolerance is an appropriate category with which to evaluate the thought of Nicholas of Cusa. The classic question of unity and pluriformity is linked by Cusanus to the problem of the plurality of contradictory forms of truth. Thus for Cusanus the problem of truth can never be thought without the possibility of tolerance. Vice versa this implies that the subject of tolerance can never be broached without broaching the subject of the problematics of truth. This is why Cusanus understands man as a 'second god', who is the border of his own world, and who is confronted with the problem that there are 'several gods'. If we develop the thought of tolerance in this way along with Cusanus, it has much in common with the enquiry into the possibilities and limits of the concepts of god in and for human existence.