Meister Eckhart on Temporality and the “Now”: A Phenomenological-Hermeneutical Interpretation

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Abstract

The paradoxical nature of mystical theories, makes them difficult to explain. Meister Eckhart’s thinking is no exception. Various attempts have been made to employ phenomenological-hermeneutical tools to make sense of it.1 Reliance on the direct data of consciousness, pre-understanding, empathy, or metaphor helps explain the mystical phenomenon in ways in which non-hermeneutical-phenomenological accounts cannot. My aim in this essay is twofold. First, to suggest a variant of the phenomenological-hermenutical method which can render Meister Eckhart’s (and others’) mystical teachings more understandable. Second, to explain Meister Eckhart’s teachings on the “now” — a theme which in many phenomenological-hermeneutical interpretations of his theory has hitherto been neglected. In Part 1 I present the characteristics of this method. In Part 2 I exemplify its use by applying it to Meister Eckhart’s teachings on the “now”.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPhenomenology of Life and the Human Creative Condition
Subtitle of host publicationBook I Laying Down the Cornerstones of the Field
EditorsAnna-Teresa Tymieniecka
Place of PublicationDordrecht
PublisherSpringer Netherlands
Pages387-395
Number of pages9
ISBN (Electronic)978-94-017-2604-7
ISBN (Print)978-90-481-4805-9
DOIs
StatePublished - 1998

Publication series

NameAnalecta Husserliana
PublisherSpringer Netherlands
Volume52
ISSN (Print)0167-7276
ISSN (Electronic)2542-8330

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