Category Archives: The State

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 even today. Namely, are we a community with a shared mentality or an association of objectified individuals? Do we come together out of affinity and empathy for one another or through a fabricated relationship?

Investigation of the state

Key categories

• The Masses (individuals not yet in community)

• Community (mental commonality, affinity, empathy)

• Organization (consistent across changing individuals)

Association (objectification) is an alternative sociality to community.

“Community grows; association is established. Modes of community develop; modes of association are created.”