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Meister EckhartPhilosopher of Christianity$
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Kurt Flasch

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780300204865

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300204865.001.0001

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A Forgotten Concept

A Forgotten Concept

Philosophy of Christianity

Chapter:
(p.14) 2. A Forgotten Concept
Source:
Meister Eckhart
Author(s):

Kurt Flasch

, Anne Schindel, Aaron Vanides
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300204865.003.0002

This chapter examines Meister Eckhart's intellectual world by focusing on his philosophical writings. It begins with an overview of the meaning of philosophy in the context of a philosophy of Christianity before offering a close and thorough reading of Eckhart as a “philosopher of Christianity.” It then considers the production of universal conceptual frameworks through the example of religion and how it relates to Eckhart as a philosopher of Christianity. It also explores Aristotle's theory of the mind and what Eckhart thought about the importance of a philosophy of the mind in unlocking the interpretive secrets of Christianity based on his reading of Albertus Magnus of Cologne. Finally, it discusses Magnus's views about the intellect and whether a philosophy of Christianity existed in the Middle Ages.

Keywords:   intellect, Meister Eckhart, philosophy, philosophy of Christianity, religion, Aristotle, theory of the mind, Christianity, Albertus Magnus, Middle Ages

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