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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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Unity according to Kind

Unity according to Kind

Commentary on John, Part 2

(p.177) 14. Unity according to Kind
Meister Eckhart

Kurt Flasch

, Anne Schindel, Aaron Vanides
Yale University Press

This chapter discusses Meister Eckhart's commentary on the Gospel of John. It first considers universal metaphysics and the physics of the verbum, the core themes of Eckhart's commentary on John, before turning to Eckhart's views about the naturalization of the common philosophy of logos. It then examines Eckhart's philosophy of the Trinity, his critique of the dominance of the imagining thinking in questions of metaphysics, and his concept of God. In particular, it looks at two characteristic operations that shape Eckhart's God: God as Being and God's undifferentiatedness. It also explores Eckhart's philosophical emphasis on the unity of the knower and the known and describes his commentary on the Gospel of John as a work of natural philosophy. The chapter concludes by asking what exactly within Eckhart's commentary on John could have appeared to the pope and his theologians as “devil's seed”.

Keywords:   logos, Meister Eckhart, Gospel of John, metaphysics, verbum, Trinity, God, knower, known, natural philosophy

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