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157 Copleston bases this interpretation upon De Docta Ignorantia II, 4 (116:17-19): "Est enim dens quiditas absoluta mundi seu universi. ' "158 But, in fact, the expression "absolute essence in a state of contraction" would be self-contradictory, as Nicholas uses these terms: absolute essence is never in a state of contraction; and a contracted essence can neither be, nor become, absolute. " In the context of II, 4 a more accurate translation would be: "For God is the Absolute Quiddity of the world, or universe.
Nonetheless, he would assent to the statement that God is a rain drop, in the sense that He is every thing which a rain drop is able to be. ) So, at times, Nicholas's theories seem more paradoxical than they are, even though at other times they are more paradoxical than they seem. V In terms of the history of science many of Nicholas's views about the earth and the universe have been thought to be of special importance. , that there may well be life on other planets, are easily graspable. , the view that the universe is privatively infinite, are more difficult to interpret.
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A Concise Introduction to the Philosophy of Nicholas of Cusa by Jasper Hopkins