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173 Conclusion We now see that Nicholas's distinctive contribution to the history of western philosophy arises from the inimitable way in which he blends the theological, ontological, cosmological, and mathematical —all in the service of devotio Christi. Having rejected the disciplined method of the Scholastics, he gives himself over to the spirit of speculation. His via speculativa is not always a via intelligibilis. But believing, as he does, that there is no proportion between the finite and the infinite, he is intent upon maintaining that the nature of Infinite Being is philosophically unknowable.
Unity, Equality, and Union. "169 Still, none of them disclose to us, as He is, the Unnameable God. 40 Introduction So in spite of all his interest in mathematics and metaphysics, Nicholas can still consider philosophy to be the handmaiden of theology, as the conclusion of De Possest testifies: Unless by His own light He expels the darkness and reveals Himself, He remains completely unknown to all who seek Him by way of reason and intellect. , [those who seek Him] by that way which we were taught by our only master, Christ, the Son of God, the living way, the sole revealer of His own father (who is our omnipotent Creator).
1 1 In this sense, something spatial is deemed to be limited only if it is limited by some other spatial thing. But the universe is composed of whatever spatial objects there are. Hence there is not any thing external to it which fixes its bounds. Accordingly, it is unlimited by anything else. )1 2 On the other hand, the universe is not infinite in extent; and so, it is limited with respect to itself. ) In short, the universe is finite but (externally) unbounded. , it is unlike every object within the universe.
A Concise Introduction to the Philosophy of Nicholas of Cusa by Jasper Hopkins