Meister Eckhart: Philosopher of Christianity by Kurt Flasch, Anne Schindel, Aaron Vanides

By Kurt Flasch, Anne Schindel, Aaron Vanides

Renowned thinker Kurt Flasch deals a full-scale reappraisal of the existence and legacy of Meister Eckhart, the medieval German theologian, thinker, and alleged mystic who used to be energetic throughout the Avignon Papacy of the fourteenth century and posthumously condemned as a heretic via Pope John XXII. Disputing his subject’s widespread characterization as a hero of a contemporary, syncretic spirituality, Flasch makes an attempt to unfastened Eckhart from the “Mystical Flood” by means of inviting his readers to imagine in addition to Eckhart in a cautious rereading of his Latin and German works.
 
This attention-grabbing research makes a robust case for Eckhart’s place as a huge thinker of the time instead of a mystic and casts new mild on an incredible determine of the center a while whose rules attracted massive awareness from such various sleek thinkers as Schopenhauer, Vivekananda, Suzuki, Fromm, and Derrida.

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One can also think of the sun without light, and light without the sun, but one cannot think of any kind of difference between image and image. 11 Through reason, man is an image of the Godhead. In this he corresponds completely to the origin that is the Word. Insofar as he is image, there is no distinction between him and his exemplar. The intellect can separate the sun from light, fire from heat. Between exemplar and image, however, there is no difference. Eckhart does not say “exemplar” (exemplar) and “copy” (imago); rather, he emphasizes the identity of image and image verbally.

2 In any case, Eckhart speaks about unification, not about the mere knowledge that God is the final ground of the world. That reason could know God without faith had been a common Christian belief since Paul’s writing of Romans 1:20. It was reinforced by the Hellenistic philosophers who were known in the Middle Ages via Cicero and Seneca; Augustine wrote about it; Boethius depicted it as his philosophy. We learn something in this first excerpt about Eckhart’s conception of reason: reason is the faculty of the most universal and of what lies behind it.

Cartesians and Kantians alike considered reason to be that which had to be able to accompany all our ideas. Medieval philosophers of Christianity found in the human mind not the same point of origin, but a comparable one. The few quotations from Albertus Magnus show that there existed an attempt to develop Christian thought and life anew based on this central doctrine of mind. The Decline of a Model: Evaluations of Eckhart The search for a philosophy of Christianity in Germany around 1800 was not confined to one denomination.

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