My Edith Stein Blog

My Edith Stein blog, newly emerging and not at all in full maturity, i.e., it will develop more over time, is devoted to inspiring in others a love of philosophy. I believe that it is your responsibility to be actively and purposefully in pursuit of knowledge and wisdom. This goes for everyone. Without exception. InContinue reading “My Edith Stein Blog”

Edith Stein, Empathy, and Goodwill

The attached PDF is to a very interesting paper by Kit Apostolacus, a graduate student at Villanova. This is from a public domain academic site. These papers are free by subscribing. A Hermeneutic of Empathy: On Edith Stein in Relation to Hermeneutical Theology What caught my attention was Apostolacus’ identification of something I’ve been searchingContinue reading “Edith Stein, Empathy, and Goodwill”

Objectivity affects consciousness – not the other way around (Husserl)

As one whose life-project is to bring to light how our subjective experiences are grounded in objective truths, we can see how the following statement shattered the darkness. “I apprehend the world-about-them and the world-about-me objectively as one and the same world, which differs in each case only through affecting consciousness differently.” ~ Edmund Husserl,Continue reading “Objectivity affects consciousness – not the other way around (Husserl)”

Monarchy through the lens of Edith Stein’s Empathy

Edith Stein’s work on empathy is complex and rigorous; however, one ray of common-man light shines forth. This is that we come to know ourselves in great part through empathy with others. Part of our self-knowledge is primordially interior, but part is empathic. We see ourselves, but also see ourselves through the eyes of others.Continue reading “Monarchy through the lens of Edith Stein’s Empathy”

The model influenced by Edith Stein and Edmund Husserl

The model I have been developing for the past twelve years to which I often refer is, as stated in my writings, bimodal. That was the beginning form. Over these many years, I have focused on two particular phenomena, a sudden “instant instance” whereby I received an intuition about Thérèse of Lisieux and a suddenContinue reading “The model influenced by Edith Stein and Edmund Husserl”

Monarchy as an expression of Edith Stein’s spirituality

“I want, let us say, to solve a problem (I mean, I want to start at once and if possible go on until I find the solution). By this will act, the I that wills to solve it sets itself in motion spiritually in a definite direction. In this act, it must keep hold [gefasstContinue reading “Monarchy as an expression of Edith Stein’s spirituality”

Edith Stein’s Investigation of the state

Edith wrote this paper while in her late twenties or so. It was her last foray into political science. She also ended her political activism because she “was sick of it.” How I understand. But there are some fascinating threads here. In the first part she examines the state in categories I find meaningful evenContinue reading “Edith Stein’s Investigation of the state”

The authentic State (inspired by Edith Stein)

The essence of the authentic state is communal more than contract. The social contract is constitutionally associative, not empathically communal, and therefore is a fabricated social norm. The associative binds together individuals as ‘objects’ while the communal binds together humanity through empathy. Thus, the constitutional republic, as an associative contract, is a fabrication and unsustainableContinue reading “The authentic State (inspired by Edith Stein)”

The beautiful mind of Edith Stein

In her book The Science of the Cross, Edith Stein wrote the following extraordinary summary of the spiritual life. Edith’s influence on my own thinking is more profound than is the influence of any other philosopher. It was this passage that opened the intellectual door for me to realism in general, the difference between PlatonicContinue reading “The beautiful mind of Edith Stein”

To understand Stein’s answers we first need to know the questions

“The soul has typical qualities, such as a ‘woman’s soul,’ a ‘child’s soul,’ or souls of whatever other ‘type.’ And as individual the soul is ‘itself’ in its inexpressible peculiarity. These are not all in the soul beside one another as separable parts; they are rather in one another as realiter [really] inseparable species andContinue reading “To understand Stein’s answers we first need to know the questions”