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Meister Eckhart and the Varieties of Nothing

Meister Eckhart and the Varieties of Nothing AbstractThis paper identifies five different uses of the word ‘nothing’ in the work of Meister Eckhart. These senses of nothing are understood to function within an ontological hierarchy, beginning with the understanding that all nothings are things, and moving in ascending order to the assertions that all things are nothing, that things are nothing but God, nothing but God, and finally God as Nothing. This scale of degrees is ultimately understood to mean that the nothings are nothinged by the nothinger nothinged. The mystical, theological, and philosophical implications of this are then discussed. Accordingly, the metaphysical significance of the word ‘nothing’ as relative rejection, rather than absolute denial, is seen to point to a grammatical ground as opposed to a grammatical fiction. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Medieval Mystical Theology Taylor & Francis

Meister Eckhart and the Varieties of Nothing

Medieval Mystical Theology , Volume 20 (1): 14 – Aug 19, 2011
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Taylor & Francis
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© 2011 Taylor & Francis
ISSN
2046-5734
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2046-5726
DOI
10.1558/mmt.v20.85
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Abstract

AbstractThis paper identifies five different uses of the word ‘nothing’ in the work of Meister Eckhart. These senses of nothing are understood to function within an ontological hierarchy, beginning with the understanding that all nothings are things, and moving in ascending order to the assertions that all things are nothing, that things are nothing but God, nothing but God, and finally God as Nothing. This scale of degrees is ultimately understood to mean that the nothings are nothinged by the nothinger nothinged. The mystical, theological, and philosophical implications of this are then discussed. Accordingly, the metaphysical significance of the word ‘nothing’ as relative rejection, rather than absolute denial, is seen to point to a grammatical ground as opposed to a grammatical fiction.

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Medieval Mystical TheologyTaylor & Francis

Published: Aug 19, 2011

Keywords: Nothing; seeing; negation; detachment; oneness; being

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