Earth – a “Noble Star” or the “Faeces of all Things” (Cusanus – Patricius/Petrić)

Banić-Pajnić, Erna (2008) Earth – a “Noble Star” or the “Faeces of all Things” (Cusanus – Patricius/Petrić). Synthesis philosophica, 23 (1). pp. 165-176. ISSN 0352-7875

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The starting point of this treatise is the fact that both Nicholas of Cusa and Franciscus Patricius/Frane Petrić (the XVIth century thinker from Cres in Croatia), belong to that stream of Renaissance Thought, which propagate the thesis of the infinity of the universe. It is of great interest, considering their basic agreement about the universe, to explore the reasons of their disagreement about the position of the Earth in the universe and especially about evaluation of her position. While for Cusanus the Earth is “stella nobilis”, i. e. “the noble star”, for Petrić it is “faex omnium rerum”, i. e. “faeces of all things”. The treatise represents an attempt to find out the reason of the difference in the views about the Earth in the philosophy of the two Renaissance thinkers.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
Depositing User: Maja Šoštarić
Date Deposited: 22 Sep 2014 09:55
Last Modified: 22 Sep 2014 09:55

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