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 posthumously condemned as a heretic 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.
Boktitel: Meister Eckhart. Philosopher of Christianity Författare: Kurt Flasch Bokförlag: Yale
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.