Journal Article

<i>Questions on the Attributes (of God)</i>: Four Rediscovered <i>Parisian Questions</i> of Meister Eckhart

Markus Vinzent

in The Journal of Theological Studies

Volume 63, issue 1, pages 156-186
Published in print April 2012 | ISSN: 0022-5185
Published online April 2012 | e-ISSN: 1477-4607 | DOI:
Questions on the Attributes (of God): Four Rediscovered Parisian Questions of Meister Eckhart

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Amongst his surviving works, Meister Eckhart’s Quaestiones Parisienses are regarded as ‘one of the most famous sets of texts that medieval thinking has produced’. Until recently, only five of such Quaestiones were known: three that were dated to Eckhart’s first magisterium in Paris in 1302/3, the other two from his second in 1311/12. Two years ago, the author of this essay (re-)discovered four more Quaestiones Parisienses which had previously been excluded as dubious or spurious texts and therefore did not enter the critical edition of Eckhart’s Latin works in the standard Kohlhammer edition. This essay reports the story of their first discovery by Martin Grabmann, traces the history and reasons for their being disputed, reinvestigates the problem of authenticity, and advances arguments that suggest that they are genuinely authored by Meister Eckhart and date from his second stay in Paris.

Journal Article.  12188 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Religious Studies

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