Meister Eckhart

Philosopher of Christianity

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Kurt Flasch
Translator(s): 
Anne Schindel
Aaron Vanides
  • New Haven, CT: 
    Yale University Press
    , November
     2015.
     344 pages.
     $38.00.
     Hardcover.
    ISBN
    9780300204865.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.

Description

Renowned philosopher Kurt Flasch offers a full-scale reappraisal of the life and legacy of Meister Eckhart, the medieval German theologian, philosopher, and alleged mystic who was active during the Avignon Papacy of the fourteenth century and was tried for heresy by Pope John XXII. Disputing his subject’s frequent characterization as a hero of a modern, syncretic spirituality, Flasch attempts to free Eckhart from the “Mystical Flood” by inviting his readers to think along with Eckhart in a careful rereading of his Latin and German works.
 
This fascinating study makes a powerful case for Eckhart’s position as an important philosopher of the time rather than a mystic and casts new light on an important figure of the Middle Ages whose ideas attracted considerable attention from such diverse modern thinkers as Schopenhauer, Vivekananda, Suzuki, Fromm, and Derrida.

About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

Kurt Flasch is a German author and philosopher and the recipient of numerous honors, including the Sigmund Freud Prize by the Deutsche Akademie für Sprache und Dichtung and the Hannah Arendt Prize for Political Thought. He is Professor (Emeritus) of Philosophy at the Ruhr University Bochum and lives in Mainz.

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