Dr. Peter Casarella from University of Notre Dame will be giving a talk on March 13 at 4:30 at Lewis Auditorium, Goldwin Smith Hall, entitled “Vis vocabuli: Nicholas of Cusa’s Disputed Contesting of Nominalism.”
Nicholas of Cusa (1401-1464) was a polymath who lived in a dynamic age in which scholasticism, humanism, and nominalism were often in fierce competition. His mystical theology leaned heavily on Neoplatonic sources and legitimated a turn to apophaticism in theology. He was thus categorized as a nominalist by early followers, a trend continued by a number of contemporary interpreters. A more careful study of his thinking about the nature of language and the expressiveness of the work of art, however, reveals a more complicated and interesting scenario.