Edith Stein

Edith Stein and the epoché

“Phenomenology has trained her to observe without prejudice and bias.”

That phenomenological process was exactly the turning point for me. This is why I credit Edith Stein’s influence even though I had no idea at the time what that process was. However, I do recall that I felt a strong urge to “not stop” as I contemplated the ramifications of my beliefs and “to take what was informing me (in faith) to its logical conclusion” by setting aside all biases, preconceived opinions, cultural influences, and childhood learnings. That is called “epoché” in the field of phenomenology. Edith’s guidance on me a decade ago was profound, at a time when I knew very little about her. As a phenomenologist, epoché was the mechanism that opened her mind from atheism to a world of faith and eventual sainthood.

The following paper is a free download by April Jerome S Quinto, SDB from Academia.edu.

Edith Stein (St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross) is my philosophical mentor.

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