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Mystic as Mystagogue: Meister Eckhart

S.J. William Harmless

in Mystics

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195300383
eISBN:
9780199851560
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195300383.003.0006
Subject:
Religion, World Religions

This chapter looks at Meister Eckhart (c.1260–1327), a German Dominican, one of the most controversial mystics of the Christian tradition. He joined brilliant paradoxes, striking imagery, and ... More


Mysticism East and West as Christian Apologeti

Hugh Nicholson

in Comparative Theology and the Problem of Religious Rivalry

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780199772865
eISBN:
9780199897315
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199772865.003.0005
Subject:
Religion, World Religions

This chapter and those that follow critically examine a particular “East versus West” apologetic contrast that has been constitutive of modern Christian self-understanding: namely, the contrast ... More


Eckhart’s Trial: The Charges

Kurt Flasch

in Meister Eckhart: Philosopher of Christianity

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9780300204865
eISBN:
9780300216370
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300204865.003.0018
Subject:
Religion, History of Christianity

This chapter focuses on Meister Eckhart's inquisitorial trial in Cologne, Germany. Two of Eckhart's Dominican confreres, Hermann of Summo and William of Nidecke, opened the list of doctrinal errors ... More


The Sermon Cycle on Eternal Birth

Kurt Flasch

in Meister Eckhart: Philosopher of Christianity

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9780300204865
eISBN:
9780300216370
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300204865.003.0005
Subject:
Religion, History of Christianity

This chapter examines Meister Eckhart's sermon cycle German sermons 101–4. Within the past decades, four initiatives have improved our understanding of Eckhart's thought: the edition and analysis of ... More


Interlude: Writing about Eckhart Today

Kurt Flasch

in Meister Eckhart: Philosopher of Christianity

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9780300204865
eISBN:
9780300216370
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300204865.003.0012
Subject:
Religion, History of Christianity

The work in this chapter examines the historical conditions surrounding the life and works of Meister Eckhart. It is a contemporary text about Eckhart, written under the conditions of the present. It ... More


Conceptual Experimentation with the Divine: Expression, Univocity, and Immanence in Meister Eckhart

Alex Dubilet

in The Self-Emptying Subject: Kenosis and Immanence, Medieval to Modern

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9780823279463
eISBN:
9780823281633
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823279463.003.0003
Subject:
Religion, Philosophy of Religion

This chapter shifts from Eckhart’s sermons to his Biblical commentaries to show how his theorization of univocity and immanence has a concrete theological and exegetical basis. It argues that for ... More


A New Christianity for the People: German Sermons, Part 1

Kurt Flasch

in Meister Eckhart: Philosopher of Christianity

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9780300204865
eISBN:
9780300216370
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300204865.003.0015
Subject:
Religion, History of Christianity

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 ... More


Eckhart’s Intention: Commentary on John, Part 1

Kurt Flasch

in Meister Eckhart: Philosopher of Christianity

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9780300204865
eISBN:
9780300216370
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300204865.003.0013
Subject:
Religion, History of Christianity

This chapter examines Meister Eckhart's commentary on the Gospel of John. It first considers Johann Gottlieb Fichte's conception of man and mind in The Way towards the Blessed Life (Berlin, 1806) ... More


Golden Apples in Silver Peels: The Origin of the World—An Explanation of Genesis

Kurt Flasch

in Meister Eckhart: Philosopher of Christianity

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9780300204865
eISBN:
9780300216370
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300204865.003.0009
Subject:
Religion, History of Christianity

This chapter examines Meister Eckhart's explanation of Genesis based on Augustine's three expositions of the first book of the Bible and the commentaries by Ambrose, Basil of Caesarea, Moses ... More


Cosmogony (Κοσμογονία‎): God and Creature

Ray L. Hart

in God Being Nothing: Toward a Theogony

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2017
ISBN:
9780226359625
eISBN:
9780226359762
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226359762.003.0004
Subject:
Religion, Philosophy of Religion

The notion of creatio ex nihilo arose in Western monotheisms to protect God the Creator from a coeval power, while leaving unthought the standing of the nihil. Severely qualifying the classical ... More


Life and Works around 1300

Kurt Flasch

in Meister Eckhart: Philosopher of Christianity

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9780300204865
eISBN:
9780300216370
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300204865.003.0001
Subject:
Religion, History of Christianity

This chapter discusses Meister Eckhart's life and works around the year 1300. Eckhart was from Tambach, near Gotha, during the time of the Interregnum (1254–1273). In 1294, Eckhart preached his ... More


Beginnings: Paris and Erfurt, 1292–1298

Kurt Flasch

in Meister Eckhart: Philosopher of Christianity

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9780300204865
eISBN:
9780300216370
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300204865.003.0004
Subject:
Religion, History of Christianity

This chapter examines Meister Eckhart's works in order to elucidate his idea of reason and how he conceptualized the difference between bodily things and intellectual actions. The discussion proceeds ... More


Too Grand a Plan: Prologues to the Opus tripartitum

Kurt Flasch

in Meister Eckhart: Philosopher of Christianity

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9780300204865
eISBN:
9780300216370
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300204865.003.0006
Subject:
Religion, History of Christianity

This chapter examines Meister Eckhart's prologues to the Opus tripartitum, whose beginnings lie in the period around 1302–1303. It first considers the two prologues from the beginning of the Opus ... More


Parisian Debates, 1302–1303

Kurt Flasch

in Meister Eckhart: Philosopher of Christianity

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9780300204865
eISBN:
9780300216370
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300204865.003.0007
Subject:
Religion, History of Christianity

This chapter examines Meister Eckhart's three Parisian Questions: the first asks whether intellectual knowing and Being are identical in God, and whether they are identical in substance or also in ... More


Meister Eckhart’s Kenotic Lexicon and the Critique of Finitude

Alex Dubilet

in The Self-Emptying Subject: Kenosis and Immanence, Medieval to Modern

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9780823279463
eISBN:
9780823281633
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823279463.003.0002
Subject:
Religion, Philosophy of Religion

This chapter argues for the centrality of the lexicon of self-emptying to Meister Eckhart’s sermons. Unlike more traditional Christian theologians like Augustine of Hippo or Bernard of Clairvaux, ... More


Unity according to Kind: Commentary on John, Part 2

Kurt Flasch

in Meister Eckhart: Philosopher of Christianity

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9780300204865
eISBN:
9780300216370
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300204865.003.0014
Subject:
Religion, History of Christianity

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, ... More


Programmatic Speeches

Kurt Flasch

in Meister Eckhart: Philosopher of Christianity

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9780300204865
eISBN:
9780300216370
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300204865.003.0008
Subject:
Religion, History of Christianity

This chapter examines three of Meister Eckhart's texts that outline a new metaphysics as theology and reflect the basic lines of his ethical thought: the prologues to the Tripartite Work; the first ... More


A New Consolation of Philosophy

Kurt Flasch

in Meister Eckhart: Philosopher of Christianity

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9780300204865
eISBN:
9780300216370
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300204865.003.0017
Subject:
Religion, History of Christianity

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 ... More


Eckhart’s Trial: The Defense

Kurt Flasch

in Meister Eckhart: Philosopher of Christianity

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9780300204865
eISBN:
9780300216370
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300204865.003.0019
Subject:
Religion, History of Christianity

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 ... More


The End in Avignon: “Devil’s Seed”

Kurt Flasch

in Meister Eckhart: Philosopher of Christianity

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9780300204865
eISBN:
9780300216370
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300204865.003.0020
Subject:
Religion, History of Christianity

This chapter examines the Avignonese theologians' evaluation of the twenty-eight articles used in the inquisitorial trial of Meister Eckhart. Eckhart was given one last chance to speak in the report ... More


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