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Contemplating Edith Stein

Contemplating Edith Stein

Edited by Joyce Avrech Berkman

“A valuable contribution to the existing literature on Edith Stein. These quality essays are written by a well-established international network of commentators and translators of Stein.” —Elisabeth Young-Bruehl, author of Hannah Arendt: For Love of the World

“We badly need this new book on Edith Stein, so that we may ponder how a brilliant Jewish woman in Weimar Germany could become a Carmelite nun, yet retain a vivid Jewish identity and close ties to her family. The essays help us synthesize Stein’s troubling legacy as an accomplished philosopher, a Catholic saint, a Jewish daughter, and a stubborn feminist who was trapped in very dark times indeed.” —Deborah Hertz, Herman Wouk Chair in Modern Jewish Studies, University of California at San Diego, and author of Jewish High Society in Old Regime Berlin

“Readers will be fascinated by this multidisciplinary, state-of-the-art, well-contextualized essay collage on the life and writings of Edith Stein. A remarkable woman in every respect, the deeply spiritual Edith Stein crossed many seemingly uncrossable boundaries—national, linguistic, religious, intellectual—in her search for understanding of the human condition. This volume, ably orchestrated by Joyce Berkman, provides English-language readers an excellent introduction to a brilliant, complex, twentieth-century European woman: intellectual, philosopher, feminist, Jew, Christian, and Catholic saint.” —Karen Offen, Ph.D., Institute for Research on Women and Gender, Stanford University

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. Divided into three sections—biographical explorations, Stein’s feminist theory and pedagogy, and her creative philosophical contributions—the sixteen essays in this volume represent the first comprehensive interdisciplinary analysis in English of Stein’s life and philosophical writings.

Contributors: Joyce Avrech Berkman, Dana K. Greene, Patricia Hampl, John Sullivan, OCD, Scott Spector, Theresa Wobbe, Angelika von Renteln, Hanna-Barbara Gerl-Falkovitz, Linda Lopez McAlister, Rachel Feldhay Brenner, Lisa M. Dolling, Antonio Calcagno, Angela Ales Bello, Sarah Borden, and Beate Beckmann-Zöller.

ISBN: 978-0-268-02188-7
368 pages
Publication Year: 2006

Joyce Avrech Berkman is professor of history at the University of Massachusetts.

“. . . A valuable contribution to the fields of history, religion, philosophy, feminist thought, and . . . reveals the power and versatility of Edith Stein’s life and thought.” — Central European History

“An impressive collection of essays from an international network of highly respected Edith Stein scholars. . . . Teeming with insights, they cannot fail to stimulate anyone interested in Edith Stein.” — Mount Carmel Magazine

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Contemplating Edith Stein


Edited by Joyce Avrech Berkman

 Contemplating Edith Stein
Cloth Edition
Paper Edition

“A valuable contribution to the existing literature on Edith Stein. These quality essays are written by a well-established international network of commentators and translators of Stein.” —Elisabeth Young-Bruehl, author of Hannah Arendt: For Love of the World

“We badly need this new book on Edith Stein, so that we may ponder how a brilliant Jewish woman in Weimar Germany could become a Carmelite nun, yet retain a vivid Jewish identity and close ties to her family. The essays help us synthesize Stein’s troubling legacy as an accomplished philosopher, a Catholic saint, a Jewish daughter, and a stubborn feminist who was trapped in very dark times indeed.” —Deborah Hertz, Herman Wouk Chair in Modern Jewish Studies, University of California at San Diego, and author of Jewish High Society in Old Regime Berlin

“Readers will be fascinated by this multidisciplinary, state-of-the-art, well-contextualized essay collage on the life and writings of Edith Stein. A remarkable woman in every respect, the deeply spiritual Edith Stein crossed many seemingly uncrossable boundaries—national, linguistic, religious, intellectual—in her search for understanding of the human condition. This volume, ably orchestrated by Joyce Berkman, provides English-language readers an excellent introduction to a brilliant, complex, twentieth-century European woman: intellectual, philosopher, feminist, Jew, Christian, and Catholic saint.” —Karen Offen, Ph.D., Institute for Research on Women and Gender, Stanford University

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. Divided into three sections—biographical explorations, Stein’s feminist theory and pedagogy, and her creative philosophical contributions—the sixteen essays in this volume represent the first comprehensive interdisciplinary analysis in English of Stein’s life and philosophical writings.

Contributors: Joyce Avrech Berkman, Dana K. Greene, Patricia Hampl, John Sullivan, OCD, Scott Spector, Theresa Wobbe, Angelika von Renteln, Hanna-Barbara Gerl-Falkovitz, Linda Lopez McAlister, Rachel Feldhay Brenner, Lisa M. Dolling, Antonio Calcagno, Angela Ales Bello, Sarah Borden, and Beate Beckmann-Zöller.

ISBN: 978-0-268-02188-7

368 pages

“. . . A valuable contribution to the fields of history, religion, philosophy, feminist thought, and . . . reveals the power and versatility of Edith Stein’s life and thought.” — Central European History

“An impressive collection of essays from an international network of highly respected Edith Stein scholars. . . . Teeming with insights, they cannot fail to stimulate anyone interested in Edith Stein.” — Mount Carmel Magazine