American Cusanus Society

American Cusanus Society

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Nicholas of Cusa
Nicholas of Cusa
St. Nicholas Hospital in Kues

Nicholas of Cusa (1401-1464) was one of the most illustrious figures of the fifteenth century. Trained as a canonist, he first made his mark in political thought. Later, Nicholas became a papal envoy, a cardinal and an original speculative thinker. His ideas of learned ignorance, coincidence of opposites and enfolding / unfolding still attract attention today.

The American Cusanus Society, founded in 1983, promotes the study of Nicholas and his times. It holds sessions at the International Congress on Medieval Studies at Western Michigan University in May of each year, and it has held conferences at the Lutheran Theological Seminary in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, and at the Catholic University of America.  [List of major publications of the Society.]

The Society also publishes a newsletter. It is affiliated with the Institute for Cusanus Research, University of Trier and the Japanese Cusanus Society.

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In Remembrance of Morimichi Watanabe

Morimichi Watanabe, president emeritus of the American Cusanus Society, passed away peacefully in his sleep on April 1, 2012 at his home in Port Washington, New York. He is survived by his wife, Dr. Kiyomi Watanabe, M.D., his son, Tsugumichi D. Watanabe of New York City, and a granddaughter, Izumi Watanabe.

He was a retired Professor of History and Political Science from the C.W. Post Campus of Long Island University. He served as President of the American Cusanus Society from 1983-2008 and was also editor of the American Cusanus Society Newsletter from its debut in 1984 to the present. His research on the historical context of the life and political thought of Nicholas of Cusa (1401-1464) set the standard for all work done in this field in the English language.

The Works of Nicholas of Cusa

The most authoritative edition of Nicholas' works is the Heidelberg Academy edition:
Nicolai de Cusa opera omnia iussu et auctoritate Academiae litterarum heidelbergensis ad codicum fidem edita (Leipzig 1932- 2006) [Felix Meiner Verlag].
Documents written by Cusanus or illustrating his life can be found in:
Acta cusana: Quellen zur Lebensgeschichte des Nikolaus von Kues, ed. E. Meuthen & H. Hallauer (Hamburg, 1976- ) [Felix Meiner Verlag].

Literature on Cusanus

Special Book Prices for Society Members

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Coming Activities

Kalamazoo, 2014:

The Society is sponsoring 1 session and the Watanabe Lecture by Thomas Burman at the 49th Annual Congress on Medieval Studies, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, Michigan, May 8-11, 2014.

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Officers of the Society


Peter Casarella, DePaul University

Former Presidents:

Morimichi Watanabe†, C.W. Post Campus, Long Island University

Gerald Christianson, Lutheran Theological Seminary, Gettysburg


Donald F. Duclow, Gwynedd-Mercy College


Thomas M. Izbicki, Rutgers University

Executive Committee:

David Albertson, University of Southern California

Jason Aleksander, Saint Xavier University

Christopher Bellitto, Kean University 

Elizabeth Brient, University of Georgia

Clyde Lee Miller, SUNY Stonybrook

K. Meredith Ziebart, Loyola University, Maryland

Advisory Board:

   Louis Dupré, Yale University

   Wilhelm Dupré, University of Nijmegen

   Walter Andreas Euler, University of Trier

   Bernard McGinn, University of Chicago

   Erich Meuthen, University of Cologne

   John Monfasani, SUNY at Albany

   Francis Oakley, Williams College

   Hans Gerhard Senger, University of Cologne

   Paul Sigmund, Princeton University

   Brian Tierney, Cornell University

   Kazuhiko Yamaki, Waseda University

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 Membership in the Society

Benefits of membership in the Society include American Cusanus Society Newsletter, which contains articles, informative notices and a bibliography of recent works on Cusanus and his age.

Cusanus dues and payments

Membership dues can be sent to :

Thomas Izbicki
215 S. Chester Road
Swarthmore, PA 19081


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