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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 Consolation of Philosophy

A New Consolation of Philosophy

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(p.224) 17. A New Consolation of Philosophy
Source:
Meister Eckhart
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Kurt Flasch

, Anne Schindel, Aaron Vanides
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300204865.003.0017

This chapter offers a reading of Meister Eckhart's Book of Divine Consolation. The Book of Divine Consolation is a German tractate consisting of three parts. The first part contains so much philosophical groundwork that it could offer complete consolation to anyone for any affliction. The second part provides almost thirty individual arguments in the same vein. The third part provides examples of acts and deeds of wise people who found consolation when they were suffering. At the end of the book, Eckhart addresses some of the controversies surrounding him. This chapter first outlines the chronology and structure of the Book of Divine Consolation before turning to Eckhart's discussion of the primary determinations—Wisdom, Truth, Justice, Goodness—and their connection to the individual wise or just man. It then considers the book's nine theses and their relation to Eckhart's commentary on the Gospel of John.

Keywords:   primary determinations, Meister Eckhart, Book of Divine Consolation, consolation, wisdom, truth, justice, goodness, just man, Gospel of John

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