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Nicholas of Cusa on Recognition - Dictionary of Arguments

Gadamer I 441
Recognition/Knowledge/Nicholaus of Cusa/Cusanus/Gadamer: The Cusian assumes the fundamental inaccuracy of all human knowledge. This, as is well known, is his epistemology, in which platonic and nominalistic motives intersect: all human knowledge is mere conjecture and opinion (coniectura, opinio)(1).
Just as human knowledge is essential, i.e. allows for more or less, so is human language. What has its actual expression in one language (propria vocabula), has its more barbaric and remote expression in another (magis barbara et remotiora vocabula).
So there are more or less actual expressions (propria vocabula). All factual names are arbitrary in a certain sense, and yet they have a necessary relation to the natural expression (nomen naturale), which corresponds to the thing itself (forma). Every expression is true (congruum), but not every expression is exact (precisum). >Categorization/Nicholas of Cusa.


1. Cf. lastly the instructive presentation of J. Koch, cf. p. 438 NB. 64.


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Explanation of symbols: Roman numerals indicate the source, arabic numerals indicate the page number. The corresponding books are indicated on the right hand side. ((s)…): Comment by the sender of the contribution. Translations: Dictionary of Arguments
The note [Concept/Author], [Author1]Vs[Author2] or [Author]Vs[term] resp. "problem:"/"solution:", "old:"/"new:" and "thesis:" is an addition from the Dictionary of Arguments. If a German edition is specified, the page numbers refer to this edition.
Nicholas of Cusa
Gadamer I
Hans-Georg Gadamer
Wahrheit und Methode. Grundzüge einer philosophischen Hermeneutik 7. durchgesehene Auflage Tübingen 1960/2010

Gadamer II
H. G. Gadamer
The Relevance of the Beautiful, London 1986
German Edition:
Die Aktualität des Schönen: Kunst als Spiel, Symbol und Fest Stuttgart 1977


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