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Title: Producing Life
Subtitle: Meister Eckhart, Postmodern Spirituality, and the 'Poverty of Thought'
Author(s): ROESNER, Martina
Journal: Studies in Spirituality
Volume: 26 Date: 2016
In the wake of Heidegger’s deconstruction of Occidental metaphysics, contemporary philosophy and theology have mostly subscribed to a passive, kenotic ideal of reason. Often this paradigm of ‘weak thought’ is associated with Meister Eckhart’s doctrine of ‘detachment’ (Gelassenheit), which invites man to renounce all his activity and become completely passive and receptive to the influence of God’s grace. This paper intends to call into question the tacit identification between ‘weak reason’ and Eckhart’s ideal of ‘poor reason’ by re-examining his theory of the intellect.