Edith Stein

“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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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’

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Edith Stein – the patroness of my rational thought.

I am beside myself with joy. I discovered this book. Edith Stein (a Jewish convert to the faith and now canonized saint) is my philosophy mentor, the patroness of my rational thought. Edith Stein showed me where the bridges are over the chasms I had reached in the development of my life's philosophical models. She… Continue reading Edith Stein – the patroness of my rational thought.