MEISTER ECKHART: Philosopher of Christianity

MEISTER ECKHART: Philosopher of Christianity

KURT FLASCH    Book Number: 88947    Product format: Hardback

One of the most senior scholars and best-known writers on late German Medieval thought in Europe, 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. Eckhart was active during the Avignon Papacy of the 14th century and was tried for heresy by Pope John XXII. Disputing his subject's frequent characterisation as a hero of a modern, syncretic spirituality, the author attempts to free Eckhart from the 'Mystical Flood' by inviting his readers to think along with Eckhart in a careful re-reading of his Latin and German works. This important intellectual biography is the culmination of the author's 60 year involvement. It is richly learned, and a classic, beautifully written and the best introduction in English to the revolutionary thinker and philosopher of Christianity. Flasch makes a powerful case for Eckhart's position as an important philosopher and casts new light on an important figure of the Middle Ages whose ideas have attracted considerable attention from such diverse modern thinkers as Schopenhauer, Vivekananda, Suzuki, Fromm and Derrida. 321pp, Yale University Press 2015 first edition.
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