Eckhartian Neologisms and the Tathātā Framework: Istic/Isticheit in Conversation with The Awakening of Faith

Eckhartian Neologisms and the Tathātā Framework: Istic/Isticheit in Conversation with The... <p>Abstract:</p><p>The purpose of this essay is to reexamine the Buddhist concept of suchness <i>(tathātā)</i>, as developed in <i>The Awakening of Faith in the Mahāyāna</i> (大乘起信論), in conversation with Meister Eckhart’s neologisms <i>istic</i>/<i>isticheit</i>. Previous comparative Buddhist-Eckhart studies have typically rendered these neologisms in a strict Aristotelian ontological sense, with English interpretations of “is-ness” or the “being-ness” of God. Recent scholarship, notably that of Alessandra Beccarisi, has altered this approach by demonstrating that Eckhart’s terms do suggest God’s essence but within a Neoplatonistic perspective, especially in terms of the primacy of the intellect and human-divine unity. This development in Eckhart studies invites fresh comparative insights between <i>istic</i>/<i>isticheit</i> and suchness, especially in relation to the intellect.</p> http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Philosophy East and West University of Hawai'I Press

Eckhartian Neologisms and the Tathātā Framework: Istic/Isticheit in Conversation with The Awakening of Faith

Philosophy East and West, Volume 70 (1) – Feb 21, 2020

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<p>Abstract:</p><p>The purpose of this essay is to reexamine the Buddhist concept of suchness <i>(tathātā)</i>, as developed in <i>The Awakening of Faith in the Mahāyāna</i> (大乘起信論), in conversation with Meister Eckhart’s neologisms <i>istic</i>/<i>isticheit</i>. Previous comparative Buddhist-Eckhart studies have typically rendered these neologisms in a strict Aristotelian ontological sense, with English interpretations of “is-ness” or the “being-ness” of God. Recent scholarship, notably that of Alessandra Beccarisi, has altered this approach by demonstrating that Eckhart’s terms do suggest God’s essence but within a Neoplatonistic perspective, especially in terms of the primacy of the intellect and human-divine unity. This development in Eckhart studies invites fresh comparative insights between <i>istic</i>/<i>isticheit</i> and suchness, especially in relation to the intellect.</p>

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