German Mysticism From Hildegard of Bingen to Ludwig Wittgenstein: A Literary and Intellectual History

German Mysticism From Hildegard of Bingen to Ludwig Wittgenstein: A Literary and Intellectual History

by Andrew Weeks
     
 

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This book offers the reader an introduction to the writings of Hildegard of Bingen, Meister Eckhart, Tauler, Nicholas of Cusa, Paracelsus, Jacob Boehme, Angelus Silesius, Novalis and includes the more recent thinkers, such as Schopenhauer and Wittgenstein, who were influenced by the tradition. It is the first study of its scope to take into account the much ignored

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This book offers the reader an introduction to the writings of Hildegard of Bingen, Meister Eckhart, Tauler, Nicholas of Cusa, Paracelsus, Jacob Boehme, Angelus Silesius, Novalis and includes the more recent thinkers, such as Schopenhauer and Wittgenstein, who were influenced by the tradition. It is the first study of its scope to take into account the much ignored historical preconditions of German mysticism and the first to trace the thematic evolution of mystical literature from a core of biblical and Augustinian materials. It also follows in the footsteps of recent scholarship in showing how German mysticism interacts with other currents in intellectual history such as the Reformation, Romanticism, or Modernism. Instead of murky generalizations, the reader will find clear discussions of representative literary documents, analyzed with an eye to theme, source, style, function, and influence.

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“This book offers a fine overview of the emergence and development of a German mystical tradition. Weeks introduces the major figures and characterizes the nature of their religious experience. His work provides insights into specific doctrines or modes of thought while at the same time offering a framework into which the specifics may be fit in order to form a coherent whole.”— Debra L. Stoudt, University of Toledo
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Hildegard of Bingen, Meister Eckhart, Paracelsus, Jacob Boehme, Angelus Silesius, Novalis, and such recent thinkers as Schopenhauer and Wittgenstein are among the philosophers analyzed in a wide ranging account of the preconditions of German mysticism and its evolution from biblical and Augustinian material. Also shows how the German mystical tradition interacted with the Reformation, Romanticism, and Modernism. Paper edition (unseen), $18.95. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780791414200
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
Publication date:
07/01/1993
Series:
SUNY series in Western Esoteric Traditions Series
Pages:
296
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.67(d)

Meet the Author

Andrew Weeks is Assistant Professor of German at Illinois State University. He is the author of Boehme: An Intellectual Biography of the Seventeeth-Century Philosopher and Mystic published by SUNY Press.

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