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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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Eckhart’s Trial: The Defense

Eckhart’s Trial: The Defense

(p.252) 19. Eckhart’s Trial: The Defense
Meister Eckhart

Kurt Flasch

, Anne Schindel, Aaron Vanides
Yale University Press

This chapter examines how Meister Eckhart defended himself during his inquisitorial trial. During the inquisition, Eckhart was given the chance to speak, in Cologne and in Avignon. At an early stage of the trial—in Cologne before January 1326—Eckhart was presented with six theses considered suspect of heresy, which stem from an otherwise unknown apologia of his Liber benedictus and form a short summa of his philosophy. This chapter summarizes the six theses, including one in which Eckhart invokes Peter Lombard's lesson that the Holy Spirit lives substantially in the soul. It also considers Eckhart's responses to the individual theses and how he adorned his defense with citations from Augustine and the Bible.

Keywords:   heresy, Meister Eckhart, trial, inquisition, philosophy, Holy Spirit, soul, Augustine, Bible, Liber benedictus

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