Edith Stein’s Phenomenology and Christian Philosophy
Geisteswissenschaft: Edith Stein’s Phenomenological Sketch of the Essence of Spirit
← 498 | 499 →DONALD L. WALLENFANG OCDS
ABSTRACT: Throughout the course of her philosophical and theological works, Edith Stein can be found elaborating an intricate account of spiritual being vis-à-vis material being. Such an account of spirit proves itself timely and relevant for a postmodern context in which spiritual reality borders on extinction before the intellectually and scientifically adept mind. By intuiting spiritual being as the very sine qua non of material being, Stein presents a critical appraisal of spiritual reality and the possibility of life-in-the-spirit (geistiges Leben) as a genuine human vocation. Stein articulates spiritual being as that which emulates the logic of the cross – a logic of love and self-emptying. Through such a compelling articulation of spiritual being does Stein effectively surmount the aporia of an absolute materialism.
Wer bist du süßes Licht, das mich erfüllt
und meines Herzens Dunkelheit erleuchtet?
Du leitest mich gleich einer Mutter Hand,
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