VOLUME 7 ISSUE 1 SPRING 2021

3 8 S p i r i t ua l i t y S t u d i e s 7 - 1 S p r i n g 2 0 2 1 Meister Eckhart and the Interpersonal Productivity of Detachment Received January 14, 2021 Revised February 1, 2021 Accepted February 2, 2021 Key words Meister Eckhart, mysticism, detachment, theological psy- chology, neighbor-love Peter Šajda In the study, I aim to show the interpersonal productivity of detachment in Meister Eckhart’s mysticism. I explore Eckhart’s doctrine of detachment against the background of his theology and psychology showing that detachment leads not only to a deeper relation with God and oneself, but also to an absolutely inclusive relation with fellow humans. In the first part, I discuss the basic tenets of Eckhart’s theology and psychology focusing especially on God as the One and on the ground of the soul. In the second part, I examine Eckhart’s theory of detachment, covering both its theological, psychological and interpersonal aspects. I also present detachment as a key pillar of Eckhart’s doctrine of love and show its relevance for practical spirituality. In the conclusion, I highlight the central role of detachment in Eckhart’s thought and its interpersonal implications.

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