Friday, April 26, 2013

Contemplating the Necessary Implications of Identity and Difference

Coincidentia Oppositorum

"The non-other is none other than the non-other." - Nicholas of Cusa

Cusanus can define anything with reference to its self-identity and its negation of otherness. But the "non-other" itself by its definition admits of no difference, no otherness whatsoever. Its very nature is to be non-other. Thus Cusanus succeeds in formulating G_d as the Non-other, as nothing other than himself and as nothing other than the world.

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