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The Philosophy of Edith Stein
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For most philosophers, the work of Edith Stein continues to be eclipsed and relegated to obscurity. This work presents an excellent cross-section of Stein’s writings and demonstrates the timeliness and relevance of her ideas for contemporary philosophical scholarship. Antonio Calcagno covers most of Edith Stein’s philosophical life, from her early work with Husserl to her later encounters with medieval Christian thought, as well as a critical and analytical reading of major Steinian texts. Stein was an original thinker who challenged not only the direction in which Husserlian phenomenology was progressing but also sought to bring to philosophical light the relevance of certain key questions, including the meaning of what it is to be human, the relevance of metaphysics to science, and fundamental questions about the nature of God. Working to correct the perception that Stein is either an “unfaithful and distorting” phenomenologist or a pious Catholic mystic, Calcagno presents important work that has been neglected by both secular and religious scholars. The essays are not merely expository, but discuss the philosophical questions raised by Stein’s work from a contemporary perspective, using Stein’s original German texts. In its attention to the breadth and depth of Stein’s philosophy from its initial development to its more mature form, The Philosophy of Edith Stein offers a new understanding of an individual who left behind an incredible philosophical and literary legacy worthy of scholarly attention. The book will be of interest not only to Stein scholars, but to feminists, phenomenologists, and Heideggerians.

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  1. cover
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  1. fm
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  1. Contents
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. xi-xv
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  1. 1. Edith Stein: A Controversial and Paradoxical Life
  2. pp. 1-24
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  1. 2. Stein’s Phenomenology of Community: Individual and/or Superindividual?
  2. pp. 25-43
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  1. 3. Persona Politica:The Person as Point of Unity and Difference in the State
  2. pp. 45-62
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  1. 4. Empathy as a Feminine Structure of Phenomenological Consciousness
  2. pp. 63-79
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  1. 5. Freedom, Responsibility, and Intentionality:The Question of the Specifically Human
  2. pp. 81-97
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  1. 6. Is the State Responsible for the Immortal Soul of the Person?
  2. pp. 99-111
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  1. 7. Die F
  2. pp. 113-131
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 133-146
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 147-151
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