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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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Parisian Debates, 1302–1303

Parisian Debates, 1302–1303

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(p.88) 7. Parisian Debates, 1302–1303
Source:
Meister Eckhart
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Kurt Flasch

, Anne Schindel, Aaron Vanides
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300204865.003.0007

This chapter examines Meister Eckhart's three Parisian Questions: the first asks whether intellectual knowing and Being are identical in God, and whether they are identical in substance or also in the progression of our reasoning; the second asks whether the understanding of an angel is its Being; and the third deals with Eckhart's theory of the intellect. The chapter first considers Eckhart's answer to the first question, which he provides in three steps, before expounding on the other two questions. It argues that the first Parisian questions seem to be concerned with God and angels, but are actually exercises in the search for intellectual being; they lead us to the edges of ontology, which cannot grasp image and knowledge. Its consequence is that we imagine God and the soul as thing-like.

Keywords:   intellect, Meister Eckhart, Parisian questions, being, God, angels, image, knowledge, soul

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