“Do not imagine that your reason can grow to the knowledge of God.”
(German sermon 4, trans M. O’C. Walshe)


Meister Eckhart is the subject of a very wide ranging and ever expanding literature. The bibliography here is intended to represent a basic rather than a comprehensive list of materials on the Meister.

For additional references the annual bibliographies published in the Eckhart Review provide one source, while another is Niklaus Largier’s bibliography (Largier, Niklaus (1989) Bibliographie zu Meister Eckhart. Freiburg: Universitätsverlag. Also available at http://german.berkeley.edu/people/files/nlargier/meb/mebmai05.html. Accessed 15 November 2007).

Further, the German Eckhart Society – Meister-Eckhart-Gesellschaft – has an extensive bibliography at http://www.meister-eckhart-gesellschaft.de/bibliographie.htm. Accessed 15 November 2007.

Other bibliographies are to be found in some of the books listed below, one in particular is that in Bernard McGinn’s The Mystical Thought of Meister Eckhart: The Man from whom God Hid Nothing.


Note: In all cases the citation is to the latest edition or reprint; details of previous editions or printings are not included here.


Daniels, Augustine OSB (ed.) (1923) Eine lateinische Rechtfertigungsschrift des Meister Eckharts. Beiträge zur Geschichte der Philosophie des Mittelalters, 23(5), pp. 1–4, 12–13, 34–35, 65–66. (Eckhart’s defence at Cologne).

Eckhard, Meister (1936–) Meister Eckhart: Die deutschen und lateinischen Werke. Herausgegeben im Auftrage der Deutschen Forschungsgemeinschaft. 13 Vols., Stuttgart and Berlin: Kohlhammer, 1936. (Authentic treatises and sermons).

Jostes, Franz (ed.) (1972) Meister Eckhart und seine Jünger: Ungedruckte zur Geschichte der deutschen Mystik (Deutsche Neudrucke Texte des Mittelalters). Berlin: Walter de Gruyter. (Sermons).

Kaepelli, Thomas OP (1940) Kurz Mitteilungen über mittelalterliche Dominikanerschriftsteller. Archivum Fratrum Praedicatorum, 10, pp. 293–294. (Letter fragment of John XXII to Archbishop Henry II of Virneburg).

Kaepelli, Thomas OP (1970) Scriptores ordinis Praedicatorum medii aevi. Vol. I (A–F). Rome.

Laurent, M.H. (1936) Autour du procés de Maître Eckhart. Les documents des Archives Vaticanes. Divus Thomas, 39, pp. 331–348, 430–447. (Records of Eckhart’s trials at Cologne and Avignon with related documents).

Pelster, Franz SJ (ed.) (1935) Articuli contra Fratrem Aychardum Alamannum, Vat. lat. 3899, f. 123r 130v, in Ein Gutachten aus dem Eckehart Prozess in Avignon, Aus der Geistewelt des Mittelalters, Festgabe Martin Grabmann, Beiträge Supplement 3, Munster, pp. 1099–1124. (Opinion of Avignon Commission against Eckhart).

Quint, Josef (ed. and trans.) (1955) Meister Eckehart: Deutsche Predigten und Traktate. Munich: Carl Hanser. (Authentic treatises and sermons).

Quint, Josef (ed.) (1952) Textbuch zur Mystik des deutschen Mittelalters: Meister Eckhart, Johannes Tauler, Heinrich Seuse. Halle/Saale: M. Niemeyer. (Middle High German texts including Eckhart’s sermons nos. 2, 9, 10, and 11, with variants and discussion. The texts also include five sermons of Tauler and three selections from Suso).

Théry, Gabriel OP (1926) Édition critique des piéces relatives au procés d’Eckhart contenues dans le manuscrit 33b de la Bibliotheque de Soest. Archives d’histoire littéraire et doctrinal du moyen âge, 1, pp. 129–268. (Eckhart’s defence at Cologne).

Translations and Commentaries

Brunner, Fernand, de Libera, Alain, Wéber, Édouard OP and Zum Brunn, Émilie (eds. and trans.) (1984) L’Œuvre latine de Maître Eckhart. Vol. 1. Commentaire de la Genèse précédédes Prologues. Paris: Cerf.

Brunner, Fernand, de Libera, Alain, Wéber, Édouard OP and Zum Brunn, Émilie (eds. and trans.) (1989) L’Œuvre latine de Maître Eckhart. Vol. 6. Commentaire sur le Prologue de Jean. Paris: Cerf.

Clark, James Midgely (1957) Meister Eckhart: An Introduction to the Study of His Works with an Anthology of His Sermons. Edinburgh: Thomas Nelson.

Clark, James M. and Skinner, John V. (eds. and trans.) (1983) Treatises and Sermons of Meister Eckhart, New York: Octagon Books.

Davies, Oliver (ed. and trans.) (1994) Meister Eckhart: Selected Writings. Harmondsworth: Penguin.

Evans, C. de B. (trans.) (1924, 1931) Meister Eckhart by Franz Pfeiffer, 2 vols. London: Watkins.

Fleming, Ursula (1995) Meister Eckhart: The Man from whom God hid Nothing.
Leominster: Gracewing.

Fox, Matthew (ed.) (1980) Breakthrough: Meister Eckhart’s Creation Spirituality in New Translation. Garden City, NY: Doubleday.

McGinn, Bernard and Colledge, Edmund (eds. and trans.) (1981) Meister Eckhart, The Essential Sermons, Commentaries, Treatises and Defense. New York: Paulist Press.

McGinn, Bernard and Tobin, Frank (eds. and trans.) (1987) Meister Eckhart: Teacher and Preacher. New York: Paulist Press; London: SPCK.

Maurer, Armand (ed.) (1974) Master Eckhart: Parisian Questions and Prologues. Toronto: Pontifical Institute of Medieval Studies.

Schürmann, Reiner (2001) Wandering Joy: Meister Eckhart’s Mystical Philosophy. Great Barrington, MA: Lindisfarne Books.

Walshe, M. O’C. (ed. and trans.) (2009) Meister Eckhart, German Sermons and Treatises (single volume). New York: Crossroads Herder.

Ueda, Shizuteru (1965) Die Gottesgeburt in der Seele und der Durchbruch zur Gottheit. Die mystische Anthropologie Meister Eckharts und ihre Konfrontation mit der Mystik des Zen Buddhismus. Gütersloh: Mohn.

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