Nicholas of Cusa
Nicholas of Cusa (1401–1464) challenged the rigidity of Scholasticism. He theorized that there are three stages to knowledge. He called two of the three fantasy and reason and found them lacking. Cusa, a Cardinal of the Church, called the third form of knowledge
Despite the advances of the Renaissance, it was not a barrel of laughs for most people. Life was nasty, brutish, and short for the majority of the populace. The Black Plague alone wiped out a third of the people of Europe.
Nicholas of Cusa employed a paradox that he called