"In this letter Stein gives us a first reason why she desired to be clear about the philosophical mission of her life: all her writings were leading up to 'laying the foundations of education.'" Edith Stein. Potency and Act (The Collected Works of Edith Stein) (Kindle Locations 1071-1072). Kindle Edition. The statement above from the… Continue reading “Step by Step” with Edith Stein
The reason Nietzsche remains my favorite antagonist is that he was a Phenomenologist before the advent of modern Phenomenology. Unlike most philosophers, he does not like defining and systematizing "what is truth." In fact, he seems to despise that mode of philosophizing, as well as the notion of truth itself. On the contrary, he is… Continue reading Whence comes this fire that burns eternally? That we could ignite Nietzsche…
This profound moment in our understanding of Joan of Arc's spirituality (see the previous chapter) leads us now to an expanded discussion and the necessity of a general statement of our thesis. If Joan's inquisitors in 1431 were part of a new school of philosophical thought, one that endures even to this day, versus Joan… Continue reading Joan of Arc’s Platonic Mysticism – Our Thesis
Question: What sort of help say you that this voice has brought you for the salvation of your soul? Joan: It has taught me to conduct myself well, to go habitually to church… Question: Have you some other sign that these voices are good spirits? Joan: Saint Michael assured me of it before the voices… Continue reading Joan of Arc’s philosophical defense during her Inquisition
One of the many philosophical rushing, whitewater rapids Edith Stein helped me cross safely is that of reconciling Thomas Aquinas with my more Platonized (Augustinian) worldview. Is not Thomas the Angelic Doctor who baptized Aristotle, notably in his Summa Theologica? Should Aristotelianism now supersede Platonism as the natural paradigm through which we understand the supernatural?… Continue reading Edith Stein – reconciling Phenomenology with Thomas Aquinas
Fans of Edith Stein can hold back only so long before giving in to reading her mentor and greatest philosophical influencer, Edmund Husserl. "Edmund Husserl formed my philosophical thinking," stated Edith. In order to understand the mind of Edith Stein, which is precisely what we aim to do, we first must understand the mind of… Continue reading “Edmund Husserl formed my philosophical thinking,” stated Edith Stein.
More than a decade ago, as the earliest shoots of my writing broke through the ground, I described what I was about to say as a journey on a trail. I was making the point that the subjective nature of my own experience did not contradict the objective nature of the road itself. I explained… Continue reading Thank you Edith Stein, St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross
We need to circle back around to Rousseau. Rousseau held that the General Will (what we call the "Will of the People") is enshrined in the sovereignty of the People. Separate from The People is the government that enforces and protects the demands of that Will. If that sounds very American, it should. The problem… Continue reading What do we mean when we say The Will of the People? Rousseau’s Social Contract
Joan of Arc is, in her person, the complete refutation of Friedrich Nietzsche. She represents everything he sought to create through his Will to Power and Übermensch. The Good for Nietzsche was bravery, war, and the Will to Power. Leave charity and goody, goody sentimentalism to "little girls." "War and courage have done more great… Continue reading Joan of Arc is, in her person, the complete refutation of Friedrich Nietzsche.
I have said that Nietzsche is my chosen dinner guest among all the modern era philosophers, and he is as brilliant as he is sinister. Two areas strike me most as over-dinner topics in making my way through the first part of Zarathustra. The first is the wise man who speaks on sleep and virtue.… Continue reading I have said that Nietzsche is my chosen dinner guest among all the modern era philosophers