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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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Paris and Erfurt, 1292–1298

(p.45) 4. Beginnings
Meister Eckhart

Kurt Flasch

, Anne Schindel, Aaron Vanides
Yale University Press

This chapter examines Meister Eckhart's works in order to elucidate his idea of reason and how he conceptualized the difference between bodily things and intellectual actions. The discussion proceeds by following the general progression of Eckhart's life and thought, beginning in Paris, in 1294, and up to the time he became prior of the Erfurt monastery in Germany. The chapter looks at the history of the papacy and considers the role that faith and revelation played in Eckhart's thought when he wanted to know the Trinity and the Incarnation through natural reason. It also discusses Eckhart's statement that he came to think like Thomas Aquinas, but then thought differently. Finally, it explores some of Eckhart's views on topics ranging from obedience and poverty to God and the Bible.

Keywords:   reason, Meister Eckhart, Paris, monastery, Germany, papacy, obedience, poverty, God, Bible

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