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Meister Eckhart’s Non-standard Natural Theology

Vinco, Roberto

In: Neue Zeitschrift für Systematische Theologie und Religionsphilosophie, 58 (2016), Nr. 4. pp. 473-488. ISSN 1612-9520 (Online-Ausg.), 0028-3517 (Druck-Ausg.)

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In this paper, I discuss Meister Eckhart’s approach to natural theology and specifically to the question of God’s existence. I argue that, according to the Eckhartian position, God’s existence is not to be regarded as the result of an (a posteriori or a priori) inference, but as metaphysical self-evidence. This noninferential conception, based on a fundamental unity between natural theology and general metaphysics, constitutes an alternative to the standard Avicennian paradigm that lies at the heart of most of the natural-theological projects of the scholastic tradition.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Neue Zeitschrift für Systematische Theologie und Religionsphilosophie
Volume: 58
Number: 4
Publisher: De Gruyter
Place of Publication: Berlin
Date Deposited: 10 Jan 2020 10:36
Date: 2016
ISSN: 1612-9520 (Online-Ausg.), 0028-3517 (Druck-Ausg.)
Page Range: pp. 473-488
Faculties / Institutes: Philosophische Fakultät > Philosophisches Seminar
Subjects: 100 Philosophy
230 Christian theology
Uncontrolled Keywords: Natürliche Theologie, Metaphysik, Mittelalterliche Philosophie, Meister Eckhart
Additional Information: Dieser Beitrag ist aufgrund einer (DFG-geförderten) Allianz bzw. Nationallizenz frei zugänglich. This publication is freely accessible due to an Alliance licence and a national licence (funded by the DFG, German Research Foundation) respectively.
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