Bochumer Philosophisches Jahrbuch für Antike und Mittelalter: Band 8. 2003
  • ISSN 1384-6663
  • E-ISSN: 1569-9684


This article tries to point out the dialectical and paradoxical character of Eckhart’s thought, which permits him at once to affirm and to negate categories such as being, nothingness, personality, substance, origin, creation, image. In this way, Eckhart can unite a personal-theistic and a non-personal-atheistic view. A dialectical structure can also be seen in Eckhart’s ethics. Further, the dialectical interpretation can elucidate the ambivalence in the concept of the scintilla animae. The origin and aim of Eckhart’s dialectics proves to consist in the concept of non-distinction.


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