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This number of essays bargains an outline of the diversity and breadth of Platonic philosophy within the early sleek interval. It examines philosophers of Platonic culture, similar to Cusanus, Ficino, and Cudworth. The e-book additionally addresses the impression of Platonism on significant philosophers of the interval, specially Descartes, Leibniz, Locke, Shaftesbury and Berkeley.

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He identifies Cusanus’ main theses one by one and draws corollaries from them, and proceeds to identify formal weaknesses of reasoning, contradictions as well as theological errors. Wenck is a Neo-Aristotelian Thomist and his aim is to defend scientific knowledge and proper method and in this respect, the method of philosophy is rational inquiry carried out in a comparative manner using proportion (proportio). Indeed, he believes Cusanus has been led into error by ‘meagreness in instruction in logic’ (De ignota litteratura 24).

When orthodoxy is too well established, another point of view can become branded as heretical even if it is in fact a speculative possibility, an adumbrated option with regard to an issue that still invites, and may even deserve, further examination. Upholders in the first category may be ‘material’ but not yet ‘formal’ heretics, since they are innocent choosers. Many of the great heresies are of course Christological and revolve around the definition, in Greek initially and later in Latin as well, of such terms as being, substance, nature, person and so forth.

Upholders in the first category may be ‘material’ but not yet ‘formal’ heretics, since they are innocent choosers. Many of the great heresies are of course Christological and revolve around the definition, in Greek initially and later in Latin as well, of such terms as being, substance, nature, person and so forth. The central heresies of Renaissance Neoplatonism were sandwiched uneasily between the past orthodoxies of Scholasticism and the coming orthodoxies of the Reformation, and its child, the Counter Reformation.

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