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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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A New Christianity for the People

A New Christianity for the People

German Sermons, Part 1

(p.190) 15. A New Christianity for the People
Meister Eckhart

Kurt Flasch

, Anne Schindel, Aaron Vanides
Yale University Press

This chapter examines Meister Eckhart's German sermons, in which he reflects on a reform of Christianity, a new philosophy of nature, and ethics. It first considers Eckhart's views about the grounds of reason and the good man before turning to his theory of sociality. It then discusses Eckhart's arguments regarding the egoistic constructs of moral behavior and the love for God, and specifically his claim that earlier Christian thinkers understood love incorrectly. It also explores a number of explanations for the time frame of Eckhart's German sermons and goes on to analyze the characteristic content of the sermons, including his interpretation of the Bible and his intention to show that one can know what faith says. Finally, it looks at Eckhart's philosophy of Christianity, his criticism of the theology of the time, his concept of God and the soul, and his thoughts on the primary determinations (Being, Oneness, Truth, Goodness).

Keywords:   ethics, Meister Eckhart, German sermons, Christianity, philosophy of nature, sociality, moral behavior, God, Bible, primary determinations

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