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What Has History to Do with Philosophy? Insights from the Medieval Contemplative Tradition

Christina Van Dyke

Marcel van Ackeren and Lee Klein (eds)

in Philosophy and the Historical Perspective

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9780197266298
eISBN:
9780191872891
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
British Academy
DOI:
10.5871/bacad/9780197266298.003.0010
Subject:
Philosophy, History of Philosophy

This chapter focuses on the corrective and complementary roles that a historically oriented approach can occupy in philosophical discussions. First, it argues that analysis of the development of key ... More


The Secret Within: Hermits, Recluses, and Spiritual Outsiders in Medieval England

Wolfgang Riehle

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780801451096
eISBN:
9780801470936
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9780801451096.001.0001
Subject:
History, European Medieval History

Spiritual seekers throughout history have sought illumination through solitary contemplation. In the Christian tradition, medieval England stands out for its remarkable array of hermits, recluses, ... More


Medieval Mystics on Persons: What John Locke Didn’t Tell You

Christina Van Dyke

in Persons: A History

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
August 2019
ISBN:
9780190634384
eISBN:
9780190634421
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190634384.003.0006
Subject:
Philosophy, History of Philosophy, General

The thirteenth to fifteenth centuries were witness to lively and broad-ranging debates about the nature of persons. In logical and grammatical discussions, “person” indicated individuality. In the ... More


Self-Knowledge, Abnegation, and Fulfillment in Medieval Mysticism

Christina Van Dyke

in Self-Knowledge: A History

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
February 2017
ISBN:
9780190226411
eISBN:
9780190226442
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190226411.003.0009
Subject:
Philosophy, History of Philosophy, Ancient Philosophy

Self-knowledge is a persistent—and paradoxical—theme in medieval mysticism; union with God is often taken to involve a loss of self as distinct from the divine. Yet an examination of Christian ... 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


Children of Promise, Children of the Flesh: Augustine’s Two Bodies

Patricia Dailey

in Promised Bodies: Time, Language, and Corporeality in Medieval Women's Mystical Texts

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231161206
eISBN:
9780231535526
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231161206.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter examines Augustine's view that embodiment is theologically intertwined with linguistic and cognitive properties, and eventually, with the development of medieval mysticism. When thinking ... More


Meister Eckhart's Anthropology

Ben Morgan

in On Becoming God: Late Medieval Mysticism and the Modern Western Self

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
May 2013
ISBN:
9780823239924
eISBN:
9780823239962
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823239924.003.0006
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Religion

The chapter introduces key elements of Meister Eckhart's thought as it is articulated in his vernacular treatises and sermons. The language used to describe and cultivate personal identity in the ... More


Blood and Socialism: The Death of a Hero

in A Martian Stranded on Earth: Alexander Bogdanov, Blood Transfusions, and Proletarian Science

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226454122
eISBN:
9780226454146
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226454146.003.0006
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

This chapter focuses on the collapse of Alexander Bogdanov's vision of a socialist society with his death in 1928. It highlights the transformation of the blood research institute into the center of ... More


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