From Phenomenology to Metaphysics
Chapter 6: The Formation of Christian Europe
The Formation of Christian Europe
As Stein wrote her two volume philosophical and theological anthropology with the goal of providing a theoretical foundation for Catholic education (Aufbau der menschlichen Person and Was ist der Mensch?), she chose the following as the title of the first chapter: ‘The idea of the human being as basis for the theory and practice of education’. For Stein ideas have essential (i.e. ideal, not real) being, which can be disclosed to spiritual beings.1 But for human beings, who live as spiritual beings in space and time, such disclosure happens gradually in the world, in a process of education which initially is far more familiar to us than the idea it discloses, despite the latter being more intelligible in itself. Stein underwent such an educational process herself, like all human beings do, and her reflection on this process was the means by which she could clarify the idea of the human being needed for it. Education is not something one can dispense with, as it happens, and with great consequence for society, whether one pays specific attention to it or not. The most important thing that happens in education is in Stein’s view the discovery of the image of the human being, in accordance with which one will accept to be formed oneself. This idea had in the final analysis to be Christian, she thought, as only the image of God can do justice to what the human being is...
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