Edith Stein’s work naturally resonates with the royal heart. Her philosophical models are imbued with Platonic overtones even while focusing on Thomism and Thomas’ Aristotelian thought processes. Among the most striking features is her lengthy development of genus, species, and individual. Stein orders her philosophical model by leveraging the scientific classifications. Possibly more than any… Continue reading Toward a Philosophy of Monarchy – Part One
The call of the heart (“There is something over there...”). The desire to know that which calls the heart (“...what is it?”). The “step-by-step” understanding of “what is it?” in our hearts. The gradual fullness of Being as we approach yet never fully grasp it. The surety that we are not lost. “There is something… Continue reading “Is this not the point of all we have said about all ‘having’ coming down to ‘being’?”
Here is the pivot in Knowledge and Faith that caught me by surprise, but delightfully so. I first thought that the book's sections were more or less a random collection of sundry topics. I now see the book is written "step by step" (one of Stein's favorite metaphors) leading to an end. The pivot herein… Continue reading “Hierarchy is not only an order of being but also an order of knowing.” – Edith Stein
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?”
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.