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Mathematical Theologies: Nicholas of Cusa and the Legacy of Thierry of Chartres

David Albertson

Abstract

This book uncovers the lost history of Christianity’s encounters with Pythagorean religious ideas before the Renaissance. The writings of Thierry of Chartres (d. 1157) and Nicholas of Cusa (d. 1464) represent a robust Christian Neopythagoreanism that reconceived the Trinity and the Incarnation within the framework of Greek number theory. Platonist theologies of the divine One and the decad had developed slowly between the Old Academy and Plotinus and were preserved in different ways in late antique Neoplatonism. By reading Boethius and Augustine in radically new ways, Thierry activated a suppr ... More

Keywords: Pythagoreanism, Neopythagoreanism, Thierry of Chartres, Nicholas of Cusa, Cusanus

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780199989737
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199989737.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David Albertson, author
University of Southern California