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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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Too Grand a Plan

Too Grand a Plan

Prologues to the Opus tripartitum

Chapter:
(p.75) 6. Too Grand a Plan
Source:
Meister Eckhart
Author(s):

Kurt Flasch

, Anne Schindel, Aaron Vanides
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300204865.003.0006

This chapter examines Meister Eckhart's prologues to the Opus tripartitum, whose beginnings lie in the period around 1302–1303. It first considers the two prologues from the beginning of the Opus tripartitum in order to illustrate Eckhart's concept of philosophy and its relation to revelation. Eckhart commences with a series of fundamental explanations that deal with the primary determinations: Being (esse), Oneness, Truth, and Wisdom. At the forefront are the four so-called transcendentals—Being, Oneness, Truth, and Goodness—that were developed by Thomas Aquinas in his De veritate I, I. However, Eckhart's list is longer as it also includes Idea, Wisdom, and Love. This chapter analyzes Eckhart's ontological premise that the primary determinations must not be confused with accidents. It also discusses beings which are one and good as well as the difference between the prologues to the Opus tripartitum and Eckhart's sermon cycle in terms of intellectual feel.

Keywords:   prologues, Meister Eckhart, Opus tripartitum, philosophy, revelation, primary determinations, oneness, accidents, wisdom, sermon cycle

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