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Contemplating Edith Stein


ISBN: 9780268021894

Publication Date: Jan 2006

Format: Paperback

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Edith Stein, a Catholic convert of Jewish heritage is the second woman in German history to be awarded a PhD in philosophy. The sixteen essays in this collection, written by scholars from the US and Europe, examine her legacy. It represents the comprehensive interdisciplinary analysis in English of Stein's life and philosophical writings.
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Controversy surrounding the beatification and canonization of Edith Stein, a Catholic convert of Jewish heritage who was murdered at Auschwitz, has eclipsed scholarly and public attention to Stein's extraordinary development as a philosopher. She succeeded in extending phenomenological inquiry into the nature of person, community, and state; in analyzing the truth claims of empathic knowledge; in probing the foundations of pedagogy; and in offering a synthesis of medieval philosophy and phenomenology. Only the second woman in German history to be awarded a Ph.D. in philosophy, Stein ranks among the leading early-twentieth-century European intellectuals. She also made lasting contributions, both intellectual and practical, to women's education, freedom, and equality in Germany. The sixteen essays in this collection, written by scholars from the United States and Europe, critically examine her legacy. This volume represents the first comprehensive interdisciplinary analysis in English of Stein's life and philosophical writings. The book is divided into three sections - biographical explorations, Stein's feminist theory and pedagogy, and her creative philosophical contributions. The essays in this volume also situate Stein's life and thought in the complex historical context of early-twentieth-century Germany. This welcome new book will appeal to anyone with an interest in German cultural and intellectual history, continental philosophy, women's history, and Jewish/Catholic relations.
Illustrations 10 halftones
Date Published 31 Jan 2006
Publisher University of Notre Dame Press
Subject/s History of religion  
JOYCE AVRECH BERKMAN is professor of history at the University of Massachusetts.

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