Abstract

If we accept the introduction of a new social category for Edith Stein, namely, the universal human community, certain questions have to be asked. First, how does Stein justify the tenability of such a reality? Second, is her position sound, especially given recent critiques of such a possibility in the works of philosophers like Roberto Esposito and even Michel Foucault? I argue here that Stein justifies the possibility of the concept of humanity on phenomenological and theological grounds. I would also venture that we can also find historical and political motivations for her claim. Finally, though I am largely convinced of the viability of the concept/reality of humanity, I believe we can further justify the possibility of a universal community on the basis of affective grounds that are rooted in the embodied psychic lives of human persons.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1918-6371
Print ISSN
0826-9831
Pages
pp. 209-221
Launched on MUSE
2016-03-06
Open Access
No
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