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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

(p.14) 2. A Forgotten Concept
Meister Eckhart

Kurt Flasch

, Anne Schindel, Aaron Vanides
Yale University Press

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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