Verschiedenheit und Würde der Lebewesen im konjekturalen Denken des Cusanus

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Kirstin Zeyer

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Nicolaus Cusanus presents a subtle theory of alterity. We will show why Cusanus does not consistently assign humans a position superior to other living beings, even when strong anthropocentric arguments seem to be present. Kazuhiko Yamaki (2017: 280), e.g., has recently pointed out that the attribution of a privileged position to humans in the world already fails logically, because the complicatio-explicatio scheme applies to all creatures. I would like to follow up on Yamaki’s argument that Cusanus at this point is rather concerned with describing a specific relationship between God and the creatures or the world. If this argument is extended to the question of humans and animals in Cusanus as a whole, the way in which these relations are to be figured becomes the focus of consideration. Just as Cusanus, in cosmology and anthropology, examines the perspectivity of knowledge and the decentralization of the Earth (as a noble star among other stars) without falling into pure perspectivism or decentralism, so traits of this reflective and (figuratively) ‘living’ thinking must also apply to the description of the relationship of living beings to one another or in relation to their Creator.

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Zeyer, K. 2021. Verschiedenheit und Würde der Lebewesen im konjekturalen Denken des Cusanus . Internationale Zeitschrift für Kulturkomparatistik. 3 (2021), 123-131. DOI: https://doi.org/10.25353/ubtr-izfk-7f95-a469.
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