The ’Genius’ of Thuringia - New Research on Meister Eckhart (ca. 1260-1328)

TU Ilmenau Citizens’ Campus


Speaker: Prof. em. Dr. Dietmar Mieth, Eberhard-Karls-University of Tübingen

Time: Friday, 22.09.2023, 3:00 p.m.

Place: TU Ilmenau, Faradaybau, Weimarer Straße 32

Admission: 5 Euro

It is known of Meister Eckhart, the Thuringian theologian and philosopher, that he entered the Dominican Order as a youth around 1275 and later attained high office here. With his sermons he achieved a strong effect on his contemporaries and still impresses posterity today. It is also known that Eckhart, after long years in the service of the order, was accused of heresy in a papal inquisition trial in the last years of his life and that he died before the trial was concluded in 1328.

In his lecture at the TU Ilmenau Citizens’ Campus, Dietmar Mieth, professor emeritus of theology at the Eberhard Karls University of Tübingen, traces important aspects of Meister Eckhart’s life and theology in light of recent research. He reports how Eckhart worked as a Dominican friar, as a preacher and as a "living master" on itinerant paths in Europe. That 80 of his sermons, which can be found in his manuscripts, are currently being researched at the Max Weber College in Erfurt. He sets out on Eckhart’s traces in the German language. And Professor Mieth makes it clear that Eckhart’s humane Christianity, based on the dignity of all people, is very relevant again today.