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  M. Khorkov. Unity, Plurality, Trinity: Some Aspects of Mediaeval Metaphysics in the Rhine Region in the XIV–XV Centuries
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M. Khorkov. Unity, Plurality, Trinity: Some Aspects of Mediaeval Metaphysics in the Rhine Region in the XIV–XV Centuries

The object of this article is to examine, as thoroughly as possible, the continuity in the development the main topics and notions of the mediaeval metaphysics had in the Rhine region. This is achieved by choosing the two most distinctive metaphysical models of the Rhine Middle Ages: metaphysics of unity (unitas) as represented by Meister Eckhart (†1328), Dominican monk and theologian in Erfurt, Paris, Strasbourg and Cologne, and metaphysics of trinity (trinitas) as represented by Heymericus de Campo (1395-1460), who was professor of theology at the universities of Cologne and Leuven. In metaphysics, both thinkers were followers of Albert the Great, but the common Albertian positions are by no means the only major characteristic of their respective metaphysical systems. While concentrating on the analysis of the three key notions (unity, plurality, trinity), the paper aims at reconstructing the systematic differences between two thinkers; it seeks to demonstrate how the continuing adaptation of  Albert’s metaphysics in the works of Meister Eckhart and Heymericus de Campo makes it possible that an interference of their positions would eventually, in the thought of Nicholas of Cusa, give birth to the concept of coincidentia oppositorum, which has its origins in the metaphysical models offered by these two thinkers. The Russian translations (by Mikhail Khorkov) of the Latin sermon XXIX “Deus unus est” by Meister Eckhart and of “The Main Theorems Concerning the Universe” by Heymericus de Campo are published in the appendix to the article.