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Meister Eckhart (c.1260–1327/8)

DOI: 10.4324/9780415249126-B076-1
Version: v1,  Published online: 1998
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More than any other medieval thinker, Eckhart has received widely divergent interpretations. The controversies stem from the fact that his writings fall into two distinct groups, works written in the vernacular and works written in Latin. The German writings, which were intended for a wide audience, established Eckhart’s long-standing fame as a mystic. Another, more academic Eckhart emerged when his Latin work was rediscovered in 1886. The study of Eckhart’s thought today centres on the unity of the scholastic (Latin) and the popular (German) work.

Citing this article:
Aertsen, Jan A.. Meister Eckhart (c.1260–1327/8), 1998, doi:10.4324/9780415249126-B076-1. Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy, Taylor and Francis,
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