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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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(p.274) 21. Epilogue
Meister Eckhart

Kurt Flasch

, Anne Schindel, Aaron Vanides
Yale University Press

This epilogue summarizes the main theoretical premises of Meister Eckhart's works, including his German sermons. It suggests that such premises are evidence of Eckhart's consideration of his argumentative way of speaking as a prerequisite, and especially his belief that without it, all pious doctrines, all interpretations of the Bible, and all ethical demands are worth very little, or even nothing at all. It also discusses Eckhart's programmatic concept of reason, his doctrine of the Trinity, his idea of God and of the relation of the just man to Justice, his doctrine of the birth of God, his dissent regarding the philosophy and theology of his day, and his argument that the primary determinations cannot be conceptualized in the same manner as dependent properties. Finally, it assesses Dietrich of Freiberg's creation of the preconditions for Eckhart's new philosophy of Christianity.

Keywords:   reason, Meister Eckhart, Bible, Trinity, God, justice, birth of God, primary determinations, Dietrich of Freiberg, philosophy of Christianity

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