Title Page, Copyright

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Contents

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pp. 5-8

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Acknowledgments

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pp. 9-10

This book emerged from a four-year research project (2009-2013) at the Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies, Catholic University of Leuven, sponsored by Fonds Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek (FWO) Vlaanderen. First of all I thank the supervisor of this project Prof. Dr...

Abbreviations

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pp. 11-14

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Introduction

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pp. 15-22

For the scholarship of the medieval mystical traditions in Germany and the Low Countries, the relation between the two most prominent mystics in both traditions, the Dominican Meister Eckhart (ca. 1260-1328) and the Brabantine priest Jan van Ruusbroec (1293-1381), has been an...

Part One

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1. Toward the Condemnation of Eckhart's Doctrines

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pp. 25-48

The task of the first chapter is to make an overview of the development of the mystical tradition among contemplative monasteries and female mystical authors, which overlaps with the heretical movements of the Free Spirits, Beguines and Beghards among laypeople. While the mystics...

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2. The Impact of the Condemnation of Eckhart's Doctrines in the Fourteenth Century Brabant

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pp. 49-70

A number of studies dedicated to the issue of Eckhart’s reception in the fourteenth century in Germany and the Low Countries have clarified that even after the condemnation of his doctrines by the papal bull In agro dominico in 1329, Eckhart’s influence on the tradition of mysticism...

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3. Ruusbroec's Criticism of Mystical Heresies

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pp. 71-98

This chapter will explore Ruusbroec’s criticism of heretical doctrines in which we find not only textual linkages with Eckhart’s statements, but also thematic overlaps with Eckhart’s doctrines that were condemned in the papal bull as well as what Jan van Leeuwen termed “Eckhart’s doctrine...

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Summary of Part One

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pp. 99-102

Part One was dedicated to making an overview of the mystical tradition and the heterodox movements in the later Middle Ages before and after the condemnation of Eckhart’s doctrines. This aimed to situate Eckhart and Ruusbroec within the historical continuity...

Part Two

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4. Eckhart's Understanding of the Praxis of Ecclesiastical Life

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pp. 105-128

Our exploration into Eckhart’s thought begins with his understanding of the praxis of ecclesiastical life, which is taken issue of in the first group (according to our division) of his condemned articles in In agro dominico. We analyze relevant texts in his writings with the following focuses...

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5. Eckhart's Understanding of God and Creation

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pp. 129-156

In this chapter we investigate Eckhart’s theological understanding of God and creation with regard to the second group (according to our division) of his condemned articles. We focus on the particular points which are comparable with, on the one hand, the positions of the mystical...

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6. Eckhart's Understanding of the Mystical Union

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pp. 157-186

This chapter is dedicated to an investigation of Eckhart’s understanding of the mystical union between God and the human being and its attendant Christology. We try to fathom how far Eckhart goes with the heterodox tenets in the understanding of these central issues in the mystical...

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Summary of Part Two

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pp. 187-190

Part Two reconstructed Eckhart’s mystical theology in his own writings as the starting point for tracing the development of mystical theology from Eckhart to Ruusbroec. The three categories of the themes which appeared in the condemned articles in In agro dominico were used as a...

Part Three

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7. Ruusbroec's Understanding of the Praxis of Ecclesiastical Life

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pp. 193-214

In keeping with the order in our exploration of Eckhart’s writings in Part Two, we start our exploration of Ruusbroec’s writings in Part Three from his understanding of the praxis of the ecclesiastical life. We will focus on the relevant issues that appear in his criticism of the mystical...

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8. Ruusbroec's Understanding of God and Creation

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pp. 215-240

In this chapter we discuss the same theological issues that we discussed in Chapter Five regarding the ontological status of God and creatures, albeit from Ruusbroec’s angle. We have witnessed his reproach of strikingly harsh words—“These are not to be given the holy sacrament...

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9. Ruusbroec's Understanding of the Mystical Union

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pp. 241-268

In dealing with the other mystical-theological themes, we have already come across some aspects of Ruusbroec’s understanding of the mystical union between God and human. Ruusbroec was consistently describing the union with God as a conforming to and an actual involvement in the...

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Summary of Part Three

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pp. 269-272

Part Three reconstructed Ruusbroec’s mystical theology according to the themes which appear in Eckhart’s condemned doctrines and in the tenets of the other mystical heretics. In order to clarify whether Ruusbroec’s proper thought shows a trail of development from Eckhart...

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Conclusion

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pp. 273-278

To detect the influence of Meister Eckhart on Jan van Ruusbroec, we explored the continuity of major mystical themes from the former to the latter. It goes without saying that many elements of Ruusbroec’s thought must have been conceived without the influence of Eckhart in a distinct...

List of Textual Linkages to Eckhart in Ruusbroec's Writings

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pp. 279-284

Bibliography

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pp. 285-298

Index of Names

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pp. 299-302

Index of Subjects

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pp. 303-312