Contemplating Edith Stein

Contemplating Edith Stein

  • Edited by Joyce Avrech Berkman

  • 368 pages, 6.00 x 9.00 , 10 halftones

  • Paperback | 9780268021894 | February 2006

  • Hardcover | 9780268021887 | February 2006


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. She succeeded in extending phenomenological inquiry into the nature of person, community, and state; in analyzing the truth claims of empathic knowledge; in probing the foundations of pedagogy; and in offering a synthesis of medieval philosophy and phenomenology. Only the second woman in German history to be awarded a Ph.D. in philosophy, Stein ranks among the leading early-twentieth-century European intellectuals. She also made lasting contributions, both intellectual and practical, to women’s education, freedom, and equality in Germany. The sixteen essays in this collection, written by scholars from the United States and Europe, critically examine her legacy. This volume represents the first comprehensive interdisciplinary analysis in English of Stein’s life and philosophical writings. The book is divided into three sections—biographical explorations, Stein's feminist theory and pedagogy, and her creative philosophical contributions. The essays in this volume also situate Stein’s life and thought in the complex historical context of early-twentieth-century Germany.