2nd Unit : 2nd Study Meeting

2nd Unit : 2nd Study Meeting

Introduction of Stratigraphy of Text

The 5th Study Meeting, the 2nd Unit

In the study meeting of the 2nd unit, held on February 20 (Mon.), Kuroda Akinobu (visiting researcher of IRCP) made a presentation entitled "Introduction of Stratigraphy of Text?Based on the Problems with Ueda Shizuteru's Interpretation of Eckhart's 86th German Sermon" (at Meeting room 1 of Hakusan Campus).

Kuroda took the problems in the methodology prior to the interpretation of Eckhart, showing that Eckhart's text is distinguished by elements including contents (philosophy, theology, and mysticism, etc.) and languages (Latin and Middle High German) and presenting Eckhart's approach to elementary experience.

The 5th Study Meeting, the 2nd Unit

Eckhart distinguished God from godhead, and the essential thesis of Eckhart, according to Ueda Shizuteru, is "breakthrough to the Godhead" from "being a Son of God in the soul", and there exists the movement away from Christianity. Kuroda presented critiques of Ueda's interpretation in terms of the three points as follows. First, Ueda's interpretation disregards the historical context that Eckhart's sermons were probably preached to Beguines, and thus he might warn them not to deviate from what general Christians should be. Second, Ueda emphasizes the mystical elements of Eckhart's German writings too much to regard the theological framework of his Latin writings. Finally, when Eckhart is studied in terms of the comparison with Zen Buddhism, the Trinitarianism is often dismissed, whereas the Trinitarianism is seen clearly in the sermons which were identified recently as the writings of Eckhart. Thus, what Eckhart aimed at is not "the nothingness of the Godhead" but that God is always born in the soul. Through the examination above, Kuroda concluded that we should stay away from the falsity and arbitrariness behind comparative religious or meta-religious approaches.

Enthusiastic discussion was held about Ueda's approach, which presents an interpretation deviating from the context and that of Kuroda, which aims at interpretation according to the context, resulting in a fruitful study session.