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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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An Artist and Edith Stein



ABSTRACT: Phyllis Burke has created two stained-glass windows with Edith Stein as subject. The first is in The Abbey, Loughrea, County Galway, Ireland, and is to be looked at beginning from the bottom where we find scrolls representing the Torah and a reference to Edith’s Jewishness. Above that, two overlapping figures represent ‘empathy’ and refer to her philosophy. Next we find a recognizable image of Edith, the mature woman of the world and an abstract of the influences that shaped her, culminating in the reading of the ‘Life of St Teresa’ and its ‘das ist die Wahrheit’. Next she is a Carmelite nun and a string of swastikas link her to the figures of Pilate washing his hands, having heard that his incredulous lips have pronounced the truth, and then condemned Christ. Edith died for that truth. The topmost image is of the Star of David within which is the Virgin and Child. The other window is at St Teresa’s, Dublin, Ireland. It has for its theme Edith and the Holocaust. Images of Old Testament sacrifice, Christ presenting the Cross to Edith, both of them in the line of Nazi fire, a train going ‘eastwards’, the sacrificial Lamb and a luminous Star of David give us the artist’s intuition of the significance of her death. Martyr palms and German cornflowers complete the design.

Phyllis Burke, an Irish stained-glass artist, has created two windows dedicated to the subject of Edith Stein, one...

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