Series: German Mysticism & Legal Theory

Jakob Böhme: The Tragedy of Free­dom and the Curse of the Law

Boehme's arboreal thought

The following text is the first study of a two-​part monograph written by Nikolai Berdyaev1, the former Marxist militant turned autodidact and Christian existentialist, and was published in the journal Put’ in Febraury 1930. It seems to have been written as a tangential reaction to a reading of Koyré’s La Philosophie de Jacob Boehme, which Bedyaev reviewed in 1929. While Berdyaev’s…

De Gandillac’s Cusanus: Order of Justice and Nexus of Love

Bestiaire

As Nicolaus Cusanus’ thought developed from the ground-​breaking Docta Ignorantia one can detect that movement that each thinker must make as they pass to the limit, and pass right through. In the following selection, Maurice de Gandillac shows us how Cusanus (here de Cusa) carries out his deep meditation on the synthesis of justice and love…

Cusanus on the Just at the Limit

Nicolas Cusanus

To see the debt of Nikolaus von Kues (Nicolas Cusanus, Nicolaus de Cusa) to Meister Eckhart, it perhaps suffices for the casual reader to compare yesterday’s post here to the selection translated below, this being the primary purpose of presenting the two texts together. Nevertheless, we propose to point out one significant technical distinction between the…

Eckhart on the univocity of justice and equivocity of the just

Fragment from the Papal Bull announcing the judgement against Eckhart

The following selected extracts from Meister Eckhart’s extremely fecund Expositio sancti Evangelii secundum Iohannem have been picked because, while ostensibly working through the difference between justice and the just, they do so using theoretical tools of additional interest — notably ideas of univocity and equivocity, of the causal relation of principals to beings-​in-​act in the natural substrate,…