Ananta Kumar Giri has been furrowing in the frontier regions of contemporary sociological theory. He and a most admirable group of social theorists and philosophers from several countries find that even their frontier worlds are pervaded by mutual challenges between power-craving princes and freedom-seeking sages…. Giri has assembled here 29 cutting-edge essays and much-needed wise reflections on vitally important topics such as development ethics and poverty, the power of non-violent movements, and the moral dimension in world history. - Thomas Pantham, Former Professor of Political Science, M.S. University of Baroda Ever since the Renaissance in the thirteenth century, the 'prince' has been the dominant archetype of 'being' and 'becoming'. Power and politics have provided the modern world with determinant frames of self-constitution and social emancipation, along with a singular definition of 'freedom'. In this context, The Modern Prince and the Modern Sage: Transforming Power and Freedom is concerned with rethinking and transforming the concepts of 'power' and 'freedom' in discourse, society and history. This work draws from various sources-traditional, philosophical, religious and spiritual-in discussing 'power' and 'freedom', and also in bringing together voices of struggle from different parts of the world. It is a highly recommended reading for scholars of humanities and social sciences and can be used as a textbook of social and political theory in departments of sociology and politics. It will also be an invaluable supplementary reading resource for students and researchers of development studies, philosophy and religious studies.
Chapter 18: Meister Eckhart: The Power of Inner Liberation1
Meister Eckhart: The Power of Inner Liberation1
Speaking of ‘inner liberation’ today could be dangerously misunderstood: poverty and war, suppression and suffering everywhere call for action, for actual political and social liberation. In this context, Meister Eckhart's ‘power of inner liberation’ is a scandal. It is, however, a scandal that reveals the core of every religious liberation movement: vita activa (active life) and vita contemplativa (contemplative life) are intertwined. Spiritual liberation has the power to create political consequences; Christology can be understood through a radical social approach and encompasses the solidarity of human beings in Christ.
Neither this radical theology nor Meister Eckhart as a theologian are without context. Neither his person nor his theology can be adequately understood without ...