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The Unpleasantness With The Agent Intellect In Meister Eckhart

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The whole of creation waits for the manifestation of the sons of God. Now, it makes sense that man is waiting for redemption, for it was man who sinned in the first place. But why should the whole of creation be redeemed? If man returns to God through the Incarnation, then through him the whole of creation returns to its origin. It shall be noted that, it has a theological component, the doctrine of Incarnation, and is thus based on faith. Secondly, it should not be forgotten that this affirmation is governed by a 'quodammodo'. Now this 'quodammodo' disappears in doctrine of Meister Eckhart. Eckhart portrays the agent intellect as an intellect acting in creatures and explains this action as: "an ordering and a bringing back of a creature to its origin". This chapter focuses on how does the perfection of the universe relate to the perfection of man himself?.

Keywords: agent intellect; creation; incarnation; Meister Eckhart; perfection; quodammodo; redemption; universe

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