Edith Stein

Vladimir Soloviev and Edith Stein

Vladimir Soloviev and Edith Stein (St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross) strike a chord of similarity when it comes to their respective missions in life. Both philosophers saw their mission as being a reconciliation of systems, and this is what makes their works so attractive to me. They strove to reconcile whole systems, not to… Continue reading Vladimir Soloviev and Edith Stein

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“There is something over there – what is it?”

By now we are familiar with Edith Stein’s “step-by-step” approach (a phrase she often uses). She is very methodical in her reconciliation of Phenomenology with Scholasticism. It is important to demonstrate how they connect and where the questions and difficulties remain. Stein now introduces a resonating question, a second beacon of light by which we… Continue reading “There is something over there – what is it?”

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A summary of Edith Stein’s Potency and Act (Part 2)

The philosophical foundation for my work can be summarized as a Platonic Augustinian understanding of Edith Stein’s Phenomenological Thomism as outlined in her books Potency and Act and Knowledge and Faith. This includes particularly the concepts of Ideals (Forms), Spirit, Matter, and Nature. Using categories from the material sciences, Stein further breaks down philosophical nature… Continue reading A summary of Edith Stein’s Potency and Act (Part 2)

Edith Stein

Summary of Edith Stein’s Potency and Act (Part 1)

  Edith Stein’s path thus far through the first thirty percent of Potency and Act can be modeled as follows. This is a summary of and outline for the development of her thesis to this point. We must keep in mind that Edith was a Phenomenologist, mentored under the great Edmund Husserl, the father of… Continue reading Summary of Edith Stein’s Potency and Act (Part 1)

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“Step by Step” with Edith Stein

"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

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Joan of Arc’s philosophical defense during her Inquisition

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

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Edith Stein – reconciling Phenomenology with Thomas Aquinas

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

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“Edmund Husserl formed my philosophical thinking,” stated Edith Stein.

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.

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Thank you Edith Stein, St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross

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

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We reach God, she says, not only through faith and contemplation but ‘by thinking’

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’