Edith Steinby Alasdair Macintyre
Pub. Date: 05/28/2007
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Edith Stein lived an unconventional life. Born into a devout Jewish family, she drifted into atheism in her mid teens, took up the study of philosophy, studied with Edmund Husserl, the founder of phenomenology, became a pioneer in the women's movement in Germany, a military nurse in World War I, converted from atheism to Catholic Christianity, became a Carmelite
Edith Stein lived an unconventional life. Born into a devout Jewish family, she drifted into atheism in her mid teens, took up the study of philosophy, studied with Edmund Husserl, the founder of phenomenology, became a pioneer in the women's movement in Germany, a military nurse in World War I, converted from atheism to Catholic Christianity, became a Carmelite nun, was murdered at Auschwitz-Birkenau in 1942, and canonized by Pope John Paul II. Renowned philosopher Alasdair MacIntyre here presents a fascinating account of Edith Stein's formative development as a philosopher. To accomplish this, he offers a concise survey of her context, German philosophy in the first decades of the twentieth century. His treatment of Stein demonstrates how philosophy can form a person and not simply be an academic formulation in the abstract. MacIntyre probes the phenomenon of conversion in Stein as well as contemporaries Franz Rosenzweig, and Georg Luckas. His clear and concise account of Stein's formation in the context of her mentors and colleagues reveals the crucial questions and insights that her writings offer to those who study Husserl, Heidegger or the Thomism of the 1920's and 30's. Written with a clarity that reaches beyond an academic audience, this book will reward careful study by anyone interested in Edith Stein as thinker, pioneer and saint.
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Table of Contents
Chapter 1 Why take an interest in Edith Stein as a philosopher? Chapter 2 Stein and Reinach Chapter 3 Logical Investigations: A new starting-point in Philosophy Chapter 4 The background history: From Hume to the NeoKantians Chapter 5 The Logical Investigations: What do we learn from experience? Chapter 6 Reinach's Philosophical Work Chapter 7 Stein's progress 1913-1915 Chapter 8 1915-1916 Chapter 9 Stein on our Knowledge of Other Minds Chapter 10 1916-22: The complexity of Stein's History Chapter 11 The Political Dimension Chapter 12 Stein and Husserl Chapter 13 Stein's Conception of Individual and Community Chapter 14 What kind of story is the story so far? Chapter 15 Three Conversions Chapter 16 Stein's Conversion Chapter 17 Philosophy Deferred
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