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,…