From Phenomenology to Metaphysics
To facilitate the reading of this book it is useful to define a few terms often used by Stein. These are meant for the reader to have recourse to throughout the reading of the book, whenever doubt arises about the meanings of the words. They are mostly related to the phenomenological method, which she develops, tests and perfects throughout her life.
A PRIORI AND ONTOLOGY
Eidetic variation is possible in imagination because essences are a priori, i.e. before (concrete) experience, and because one can gain insight into a priori relationships relatively independently of empirical experience. Thus I can discuss meaningfully what pertains to the essence of a dragon or to Sleeping Beauty, without either existing, or without me having seen either. Ontologies are sciences of essence in that they investigate various types of essence (e.g. nature, spirit).
CONSTITUTION AND CONSTITUTIONAL ANALYSIS
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