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ANNUARIO FILOSOFICO

N. 36 (2020)

Davide Monaco

In principio era il Possest.
Cusano
contra Aristotele


PP. 90-108

1. Premessa, p. 90; 2. Il De possest, p. 91; 3. Creatio ex nihilo, p. 96; 4. Deus absconditus, p. 103.

Abstract
In the beginning was the Possest. Nicholas of Cues contra Aristotle
This contribution focuses on the interpretation of act and potency in Cusanus’
De possest (1460). In these writing, in fact, Cusanus presents his mature reflection on the two Aristotelian notions, perfecting and, in some way, surpassing his previous interpretations, especially contained in De docta ignorantia (1440) and De coniecturis (1442-1443). In this context, I will highlight Cusanus’ reception of some cornerstones of Aristotle’s metaphysics (especially in books IX and XII of Metaphysics) and, above all, the arguments that lead Cusanus to overcome the Aristotelian understanding of the two concepts. The difference between the two authors will emerge especially with regard to the nature of God as a principle, which the Aristotelian tradition had explained as pure act and to which Cusanus, instead, attributes also an important potential connotation.

Keywords: Potency, Act, Possibility.



 

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