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Intersubjectivity, Humanity, Being

Edith Stein’s Phenomenology and Christian Philosophy

Edited By Mette Lebech and John Haydn Gurmin

This volume brings together revised versions of papers presented at the inaugural conference of the International Association for the Study of the Philosophy of Edith Stein (IASPES). The conference papers are supplemented by a number of specially commissioned essays in order to provide a representative sample of the best research currently being carried out on Stein’s philosophy in the English speaking world. The first part of the volume centres on Stein’s phenomenology; the second part looks at her Christian philosophy; and the third part explores the contexts of her philosophical work.


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Many sponsors gave generously towards the inaugural IASPES confer- ence, which took place in Maynooth, June 2011. By doing so, they have also contributed towards the publication of the present volume, which presents the papers given at the conference, albeit in a substantially edited form. The sponsors include The Committee for Philosophy and Ethics of the Royal Irish Academy, The Department of Philosophy, NUIM, The Discalced Carmelites Ireland, The Divine Word Missionaries, The Edith Stein Gesellschaft Deutschland, The German Embassy in Ireland, The Irish Bishops’ Conference, The National University of Ireland Maynooth, The Maynooth Scholastic Trust, The Pontifical University Saint Patrick’s College Maynooth and three anonymous sponsors, one dedicated to the memory of the late Fr James McEvoy. We wish to thank Monsignor Hugh Connolly, President of St Patrick’s College, Maynooth, who made the beautiful rooms of St Patrick’s College available to us, and Dr Michael Dunne, head of the Department of Philosophy NUIM, for his kind support for the conference. We are also very grateful to the many students of the department of philosophy at NUIM and SPCM who gave freely and willingly of their time to ensure that the IASPES conference was not only a success, but a lovely experience. Without them, and especially without Keith Murphy and Damon Shortt, it would not have worked. A special thanks also to all the chairpeople, Hans Christian Strange-Lebech and Stella Sørensen. We also acknowledge the work of the many anonymous peer-reviewers, the proofreading of Isabelle Cartwright and the editorial...

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