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Published: 21 August 2014

256 Pages


ISBN: 9780199359783

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Living Without Why

Meister Eckhart's Critique of the Medieval Concept of Will

John M. Connolly

  • Argues that previous scholarly attention to Meister Eckhart has neglected one of the most important aspects of his teaching — the importance of "living without why" — which is precisely one of the things that makes Eckhart attractive far beyond the academy.
  • The first book-length study of Meister Eckhart's ethical theory to appear in English, and the first in any language to situate the Meister's admonition to "live without why" (i.e., without will) within the classical and medieval traditions.
  • Fully conversant with the Eckhart scholarship of the past half-century, most of it in German.