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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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Interlude

Interlude

Writing about Eckhart Today

Chapter:
(p.155) 12. Interlude
Source:
Meister Eckhart
Author(s):

Kurt Flasch

, Anne Schindel, Aaron Vanides
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300204865.003.0012

The work in this chapter examines the historical conditions surrounding the life and works of Meister Eckhart. It is a contemporary text about Eckhart, written under the conditions of the present. It endeavors to stay close to Eckhart's texts by making use of their most recent editions, including the latest edited volumes of Eckhart's German sermons (DW 4) and the completed edition of his commentary on John (LW 3). Combining philosophical considerations with a philological and historical method, the text addresses the term “mysticism” as it was applied to Eckhart. It also discusses those philosophical concepts that Eckhart himself called the premises of his entire thinking, from his theory of the primary determinations to the metaphysics of intellectual being, the relation between substance and accident, and his parabolic interpretation of the Bible. In this chapter, Eckhart's distinction from Thomism of the schools is explained, along with the language with which Josef Quint, the most influential Germanist who studied Eckhart, wrote about the German theologian and philosopher.

Keywords:   mysticism, German sermons, Meister Eckhart, primary determinations, metaphysics, intellect, Bible, Thomism, Josef Quint

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