Richard Falckenberg and the modernity of Nicholas of Cusa

Viator 47 (2):351--366 (2016)
Authors
Andrea Fiamma
Università degli Studi di Chieti "G.D'ANNUNZIO"
Abstract
Richard Falckenberg (1851-1920) in his book Grundzüge der Philosophie des Nicolaus Cusanus mit besonderer Berücksichtigung der Lehre vom Erkennen was among the first historians of philosophy to support the argument that Nicholas of Cusa was a modern philosopher because his innovative theory of knowledge. The Falckenberg's celebrity shall be reduced because he was later obscured by the most famous historians of philosophy as Ernst Cassirer and Joachim Ritter. In our paper we want to come back to the Falckenberg's book and recover his main arguments about the proximity of Cusanus with the philosophies of Leibniz, Fichte and the positivists.
Keywords Nicholas of Cusa  Richard Falckenberg  Leibniz  Fichte  Cassirer
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