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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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The Sermon Cycle on Eternal Birth

The Sermon Cycle on Eternal Birth

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(p.57) 5. The Sermon Cycle on Eternal Birth
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Meister Eckhart
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Kurt Flasch

, Anne Schindel, Aaron Vanides
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300204865.003.0005

This chapter examines Meister Eckhart's sermon cycle German sermons 101–4. Within the past decades, four initiatives have improved our understanding of Eckhart's thought: the edition and analysis of the sermon cycle German sermons 101–4 by Georg Steer, DW 4:279–610, Loris Sturlese's discovery of the Eckhart manuscript at Oxford; Loris Sturlese's edition and analysis of Eckhart's trial records in LW 5; and the editors of the Corpus Philosophorum Teutonicorum Medii Aevi (CPTMA) made Eckhart's intellectual milieu accessible. Eckhart's sermon cycle German sermons 101–4 are conversations among a few people, focused on a central theme of the Christian faith and Eckhart's thought: the birth of God. This chapter considers Eckhart's reflections on eternal birth and his argument that the birth of God occurs within us as mind. It also discusses Eckhart's views about the nature of God, the active and suffering reason, and medieval ways of life.

Keywords:   birth of God, Meister Eckhart, German sermons, Georg Steer, Loris Sturlese, God, reason, eternal birth, mind

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