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 Post subject: Bernard J. Muller-Thym
PostPosted: Sun Sep 23, 2012 11:09 am 
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So, while trying to find some good studies on the thought of Meister Eckhart, I came
across a work called "Establishment of the university of being in the doctrine of meister Eckhart of Hochheim"
by a professor called Bernard J. Muller-Thym. Have any of you hear of him, or this book? Is it worth reading?

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 Post subject: Re: Bernard J. Mulller-Thym
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Etienne Gilson wrote a preface to it, so it can't be horrible, I guess.

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 Post subject: Re: Bernard J. Mulller-Thym
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I don't know. I find more than two 'l's in a row highly suspicious. :|

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 Post subject: Re: Bernard J. Muller-Thym
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I have no idea what you're talking about.


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 Post subject: Re: Bernard J. Muller-Thym
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 Post subject: Re: Bernard J. Muller-Thym
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Dear Sons:

Bernie M-T was a student of Gilson's at Univ of Toronto, who then became a philosophy professor at St. Louis Univ. where he was close friends with Marshall McLuhan (who became a Catholic convert in 1937) and Fr. Walter Ong.

I've just finished reading his "University of Being" and, as Gilson indicates, it is, although dense and really needs a working knowledge of Latin, the definitive work on Eckhart. As you probably know, Gilson's life-work was to open doors into neglected medieval philosophy and one of his most important contributions was to highlight how different these thinkers were, as well as tracing their sources -- which is what BMT does for Eckhart in this work, distinquishing him from both St. Thomas and St. Albert.

For what it's worth, all this fed into McLuhan's PhD thesis "The Classical Trivium," which was granted by Cambridge Univ. in 1943 but was written in St. Louis. The thesis wasn't published until 2006 and is, especially for those with the background to understand it, the best way to "get behind" the highly influential work of McLuhan on the social impact of new technologies in the 1960s and beyond.

McLuhan also became a close friend of Frederick Wilhelmsen and his son Eric, who was born in St. Louis in 1942, went to the Univ. of Dallas for his own PhD. Wilhelmsen wrote two books that built on the work of McLuhan, his 1970 "War in Men" and the 1972 "Telepolitics," as well as the important 1973 "Toward and Incarnational Politics" series in Triumph magazine.

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