Is the ‘docta ignorantia’ a form of ‘philosophari in Maria’?


Cusanus’ learned ignorance is a complex notion that is explained as a form of introduction into Christian wisdom. The different meanings of how God exceeds our conceptual reach and remains ineffable despite all metaphorical approaches are laid out in three steps: the first is devoted to God (conicidencia oppositorum), the second to the Universe (complicatio/explicatio) and the third to the God-man, Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ is represented here as an intermediary, as measure and mediator between God and creation, the finite and the infinite. Along these lines I highlight three main aspects of docta ignoratia as especially relevant for contemporary thinking. These aspects will be used to evaluate the extent to which Cusanus’ powerful proposal to reinterpret Christian reality can help us respond to Pope John Paul II’s exhortation in Fides et ratio to understand and to exercise Christian reflection as philosophari in Maria.

Słowa kluczowe

Kuzańczyk; philosophari in Maria; postawa fundamentalna; wyuczona ignorancja; filozofia chrześcijańska

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Opublikowane : 2020-11-20

Szalay, M. (2020). Is the ‘docta ignorantia’ a form of ‘philosophari in Maria’?. Warszawskie Studia Teologiczne, 33(1), 29-45.

Mátyás Szalay 
Instituto de Filosofía Edith Stein, Granada, Spain  Hiszpania

Dr Mátyás Szalay – pełni funkcję dyrektora „Instituto de Filosofía Edith Stein” w Granadzie (Hiszpania). Uzyskał doktorat z filozofii na the International Academy of Philosophy in Liechtenstein.

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