"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
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
Edith Stein continues to be my refuge in the philosophical storm raging on us from the modern world. She is my mentor. One can fight the raging fire of Nietzsche, the presumptuous Spirit of Hegel, or the depressing Utopia of Marx only for so long before needing proper sustenance. I was delighted (as I quite… Continue reading We reach God, she says, not only through faith and contemplation but ‘by thinking’
I just downloaded Boethius' The Consolation of Philosophy. The work was written in the 6th century while Boethius was imprisoned by the Arian Emperor Theodoric The Great. It is perhaps the most influential philosophical work of the Middle Ages (the "zeitgeist" in which I live, if you're into that terminology). The patroness of my rational… Continue reading Lady Philosophy
Some time ago I mentioned that despite his antiChrist views, Nietzsche would be my choice for a dinner guest over any other modern era philosopher. He speaks in almost exasperated tones of The Will to Power; however, I see a man who in all reality has more of a "Will to Seek" than a Will… Continue reading Nietzsche wants the Kingdom of Heaven but soars instead under the sun and into the void.
Nietzsche as interpreted in the play, St. Thérèse: Nietzsche is my Brother. In his poignant criticism of Christians, Nietzsche makes a stunning point, one that we Christians often prefer to minimize as we point our fingers at others, pronouncing the nearness of their doom should they not also follow the Creed. The playwright places this… Continue reading St. Thérèse, Nietzsche, and the pastoral approach of the Post Vatican II Church
The quote below is the single most intriguing statement I have ever read when reflecting on the post-Vatican II world. I have never thought the idea and original intent of Vatican II to be bad; I only have recognized the obvious that everything went really badly after Vatican II. Sure, one knows a tree by… Continue reading St. Thérèse, Nietzsche, and Vatican II