From Phenomenology to Metaphysics
Chapter 11: Heidegger and the Meaning of Being
Heidegger and the Meaning of Being
Appended to Stein’s ‘spiritual testament’ Finite and Eternal Being. An Attempt at an Ascent to the Meaning of Being we find a long essay entitled: Martin Heidegger’s Existential Philosophy.1 A shorter essay on the Castle of the Soul by Theresa of Avila is also appended.2 ← 147 | 148 →
An appendix is always an awkward thing to analyse as its status remains somewhat unclear. It was deemed important enough to be appended to the main work by the author, but it was not directly included in it. It is clear from a letter to Conrad-Martius that the appendices were written after the main work was completed.3 However, to judge from the level of importance the other appendix has for the understanding of Stein’s thought, this one too should give insight into an important aspect of it. The appendix on Theresa of Avila’s Interior Castle gives an analysis of the soul’s experience of its own depths in the context of mystical life, which confirms Stein’s early phenomenological analyses. If the Heidegger appendix gives us something of equal importance, what is it?
In the following we shall discuss the reasons Stein had to write about Heidegger (1). Then we shall turn to Stein’s discussion of Heidegger’s project (2). We shall finally outline Stein’s and Heidegger’s alternative phenomenological inheritance and their relationship to the meaning of being (3).
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