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Title: Meister Eckhart's 'Sermones et Lectiones super Ecclesiastici' : introduction, translation and commentary
Author: Impey, Tricia
ISNI:       0000 0004 7970 0201
Awarding Body: King's College London
Current Institution: King's College London (University of London)
Date of Award: 2019
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The main body of this thesis consists of a translation and commentary on the two Sermons and Lectures Eckhart gave as Prior Provincial to his first Provincial Chapter of the German Dominicans of Saxony soon after his return from his first stay in Paris as Magister. The introductory chapter considers the provenance of the text and seeks to give insight into the nature of his expository work which is quite alien to the modern scriptural exegete. In addition, it highlights the main ideas addressed in the texts in order that they might be stepping stones in the reader's journey through the sermons and lectures. These include: - Eckhart's understanding of esse and the in divinis perspective from which he views this - God as principle - The dynamic of the Godhead and the twofold emanation of the Trinity and Creation - The Eternal Now - His understanding of analogy. The commentary will seek to address these key ideas, some of Eckhart's characteristic examples as well as noting his creative use of language. It will seek to place Eckhart's thought within the context of his time, noting the different influences on him from Augustine, various Church Fathers, the Neo-Platonists, Pseudo-Dionysius and Aquinas as well as Jewish and Islamic theologians. In addition, it will highlight areas where his originality can be seen, and others where he could be and was misunderstood. A final chapter will seek to assess the importance of this translation and of these texts for Eckhart scholarship in the English speaking world. It will also engage with the question of how Eckhart should be regarded, whether as he is often seen by Kurt Flasch and the Bochum school amongst others as a philosopher or again by others as a mystic. In my response I will argue that the many labels given to Eckhart can be best summed up in the fact he was a thoroughgoing Dominican, educated to the highest degree and at the same time through the Dominican/Augustinian tradition of prayer, a contemplative, hence his perspective of in divinis.
Supervisor: Vinzent, Markus ; Davies, Oliver ; Quash, Jonathan Ben Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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