Die Begegnung zwischen ‚Artes Liberales‘ und ‚Artes Mechanicae‘ bei Nikolaus von Kues

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Kazuhiko Yamaki

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This article argues that Nicholas of Cusa, in contrast to the scholastic tradition and in consensus with the humanists of his time, develops a high esteem for Artes Me chanicae, placing it on an equal level with Artes Liberales. A close reading of the  relevant passages in Cusa’s work reveals that although his early philosophical writings present the old scholastic position, in the Idiota-writings (1450), he shifts his stance toward the Artes Mechanicae and significantly elevates it. Influenced by his encounter with the Italian humanists in Rome, he maintains this approach throughout his late works and late sermons. This positive reweighting of Artes Mechanicae is consistent with Cusanus’ view of the immanence of God and leads him to revaluate his world view.

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Yamaki, K. 2021. Die Begegnung zwischen ‚Artes Liberales‘ und ‚Artes Mechanicae‘ bei Nikolaus von Kues. Internationale Zeitschrift für Kulturkomparatistik. 3 (2021), 85-96. DOI: https://doi.org/10.25353/ubtr-izfk-b838-1fe4.
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