From Phenomenology to Metaphysics
Stein’s work is notoriously difficult to access. This is paradoxically not because her writings are difficult to read, they are written in plain and handsome German, and with a stringency seldom matched. It is the very stringency however, together with the fact that Stein rarely repeats herself, which accounts for the fact that it takes a long time to get through a few pages. To get the full picture moreover, one must not only expect to have one’s categories rearranged, one will also have to start at the beginning, since Stein never repeats herself. As Stein’s works amount to twenty-seven volumes, many give up, or content themselves with knowing that there is something there one might read one day.
This collection of essays provides a series of shortcuts. It brings together previously published articles revised for the purpose of providing both an overall picture of Stein’s work as well as twelve self-contained introductions to specific aspects of it. If read from beginning to end some repetitions occur. It is hoped these can be of benefit to the beginner, and be to the specialist an occasion for assessing my interpretation.
The collection is divided into two parts reflecting the development of Stein’s thought. The first one is entitled ‘Phenomenology’ and deals with the features of Stein’s phenomenology which sets it apart from that of other phenomenologists’, notably Husserl’s. The second part is called ‘Metaphysics’ and treats of those of Stein’s works that testify to her...
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