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Nicholas of Cusa: The Catholic Concordance
This is the first English translation of the most important work of political thought of the fifteenth century. It is the first major treatise to argue for consent through representative councils as a major prerequisite for legitimate law and government.
Paperback, 380 pages
Published March 15th 2011 by Cambridge University Press
(first published October 31st 1991)
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This is a second read for me. A great book by the leading thinker of 15th century, who later would influence Luther, Bruno, Milton and Locke. Philosophically, this book innovates because it's the first time we hear about the notion of agreement or consent of the subjects, which would later be inserted in the United States Declaration of Independence and in the 20th Century would be inserted in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (article 21). All that said, this is one of those classic, ...more
Nicolaus Cusanus (1401 – August 11, 1464), also referred to as Nicholas of Kues and Nicholas of Cusa, was a cardinal of the Catholic Church from Germany (Holy Roman Empire), a philosopher, theologian, jurist, mathematician, and an astronomer. He is widely considered one of the great geniuses and polymaths of the 15th century. He is today recognized for significant spiritual, scientific and ...moreMore about Nicolaus Cusanus...