This book meets an obvious need in English language studies on Meister Eckhart. It is the first handbook on Eckhart for graduate and undergraduate students. It is divided into three parts. Part one deals with the life, works, career, and trial; Greek, Jewish, and Arabic philosophical sources, and some central philosophical ideas. Part two examines Eckhart as a Latin exegete, vernacular preacher, Eckhart's understanding of God, Eckhart as a reader of Maimonides and in relation to women's spirituality. Part three deals with the reception of Eckhart and his works from the fourteenth century to the twenty-first century. It covers fourteenth-century German readers of Eckhart, the fifteenth-century reader Nicholas of Cusa, the sixteenth-seventeenth-century reader Valentine Weigel, the reception of Eckhart in German idealism and romanticism and Eckhart and philosophy in the twentieth century. There is an epilogue on mysticism and philosophy in Eckhart and an appendix on Dominican education in the Middle Ages.
Contributors include Walter Senner OP, Allesandra Beccarisi, Dagmar Gottschall, Loris Sturlese, Tamar Tsopurashvili, Jennifer Hart Weed, Jeremiah Hackett, Udo Kern, Alessandro Palazzo, Eliza Rubino, Donald F. Duclow, Bruce Millem, Markus Enders, Yossef Schwartz, Lydia Wegener, Jack C. Marler, Nadia Bray, Elizabeth Brient, Fiorella Rettucci, Andrew Weeks, Cyril O'Regan, Dermot Moran, Karl Albert and Paul Dietrich
Jeremiah Hackett is Professor of Philosophy at the University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC. He was Chair of the Department of Philosophy, 2005-2008. He continues to do research on Roger Bacon, on fourteenth-century German mysticism, and on Renaissance philosophy.
Contributors include Walter Senner OP, Allesandra Beccarisi, Dagmar Gottschall, Loris Sturlese, Tamar Tsopurashvili, Jennifer Hart Weed, Jeremiah Hackett, Udo Kern, Alessandro Palazzo, Eliza Rubino, Donald F. Duclow, Bruce Milem, Markus Enders, Yossef Schwartz, Lydia Wegener, Jack C. Marler, Nadia Bray, Elizabeth Brient, Fiorella Rettucci, Andrew Weeks, Cyril O'Regan, Dermot Moran, Karl Albert, Paul Dietrich.
“Hackett’s work is a valuable contribution to the field of late medieval theology and will certainly serve as an excellent reference book for those studying the work of Meister Eckhart.”
Anik Laferrière, Keble College, Oxford. In: The Journal of Ecclesiastical History, Vol. 65, No. 2 (April 2014), pp. 409-411.
''This hefty tome proves to be the first comprehensive introductory work on Meister Eckhart, the famous German theologian […] magisterially and beautifully edited by Jeremiah M. Hackett, it convincingly emerges as a major contribution to current research on and teaching of Meister Eckhart […] the editor and the contributors lay the foundation for future Eckhart research by way of addressing many of the critical issues in this author´s life and works''.
Albrecht Classen, University of Arizona. In: Sixteenth Century Journal, 44, No. 4, 2013, p. 1080.
‘’In this substantial volume, Jeremiah M. Hackett and a host of international experts on the life, writings, and reception of the German Dominican preacher and theologian Meister Eckhart (ca. 1250–1327) provide an invaluable service to students and scholars of Eckhart and of late medieval theology, philosophy, and mysticism[…] It is impossible to do justice to a volume of this magnitude in a brief review’’.
Amy Hollywood, Harvard University. In: Renaissance Quarterly, Vol. 67, No. 1, Spring 2014, pp. 282-283.
Note on Contributors
Introduction to Part One
Meister Eckhart’s Life, Training, Career, and Trial
Walter Senner OP
Eckhart’s Latin Works
Eckhart as Preacher, Administrator, and Master of the Sentences. From Erfurt to Paris and Back: 1294–1313. The Origin of the Opus tripartitum
Eckhart’s German Works
The Theory of Transcendentals in Meister Eckhart
From Aquinas to Eckhart on Creation, Creature, and Analogy
Jeremiah Hackett and Jennifer Hart Weed
Eckhart’s Islamic and Jewish Sources: Avicenna, Avicebron, and Averroes
Pseudo-Dionysius the Areopagite and Eckhart
Introduction to Part Two
Meister Eckhart’s Latin Biblical Exegesis
Donald F. Duclow
Meister Eckhart’s Vernacular Preaching
Meister Eckhart’s Understanding of God
Meister Eckhart and Moses Maimonides: From Judaeo-Arabic Rationalism to Christian Mysticism
Eckhart and the World of Women’s Spirituality in the Context of the “Free Spirit” and Marguerite Porete
The Mirror of Simple Souls: the Ethics of Marguerite Porete
Jack C. Marler
Introduction to Part Three
The Reception of Meister Eckhart in 14th-Century Germany
Eckhart and the Vernacular Tradition: Pseudo-Eckhart and Eckhart Legends
Meister Eckhart’s Influence on Nicholas of Cusa: A Survey of the Literature
On a Dangerous Trail: Heinrich Suso and the Condemnation of Meister Eckhart
Meister Eckhart and Valentine Wiegel
Eckhart Reception in the 19th Century
Meister Eckhart in 20th-Century Philosophy
Epilogue: Meister Eckhart—Between Mysticism and Philosophy
Karl Albert †
Appendix 1: Dominican Education
Walter Senner OP
Those interested in Philosophy, Theology, Medieval History, Religious Studies, Mysticism, History of Ideas, German and European History, History of Institutions.