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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers; Reprint edition (May 15, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 074255953X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0742559530
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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Among many other virtues of this study of Stein as thinker is MacIntyre's magnificent demonstration of how any philosopher must be situated in the context of where she studied, who her mentors were and the historical moment both inside and outside the academy. A bravo performance. (Kenneth L. Woodward, Contributing Editor, Newsweek)

A remarkable intellectual biography that ends, rather than begins, with [Stein's] conversion. … Edith Stein is a splendid philosophical book, whose significance over time may come to rival that of After Virtue. (First Things)

Edith Stein requir[es] slow and careful reading. . . . Nevertheless it opens the eyes to the interest of Stein's early work and its context within the still too obscure world of Continental philosophy. (Times Literary Supplement)

Throughout, MacIntyre has shown the appreciation of phenomenology that could have changed the course of Anglo-American philosophy had Ryle not followed up on his early review of Heidegger. (Robert E. Wood American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly, Winter 2010)

MacIntyre gives us a meticulously researched biographical introduction.... Very enriching for the reader.... For anyone with a serious interest in Edith as a philosopher - or those with philosophical interests wanting to know more about early 20th-century phenomenology - then this will be required reading. (Food For The Journey, July-September 2010)

Alasdair MacIntyre shows how the word 'philosophical' can be said of a life as well as a doctrine. He describes the people, events, and ideas in whose company Edith Stein lived in the decade that led to her baptism in 1922, and he defines phenomenology not as a method but as a disposition to let the truth of things come to light. His study of Stein's conversion and those of Reinach (to Protestantism), Rosenzweig (to Judaism) and Lukács (to Marxism) helps us understand the difference between reason and faith. (Fr. Robert Sokolowski, Ph.D., professor of philosophy, Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C.)

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Alasdair MacIntyre is senior research professor of philosophy at University of Notre Dame, IN. He is the author of nine books, including the influential After Virtue, Three Rival Versions of Moral Enquiry, and A Short History of Ethics.

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By T. Patrick Killough on February 18, 2011
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In 2006 appeared Notre Dame University philosophy professor Alasdair MacInyre's EDITH STEIN: A PHILOSOPHICAL PROLOGUE, 1913 - 1922. It covers ten years (ages 21 - 31) in the life of Edith Stein (1891 - 1942). She was born Jewish, grew up in Silesian Breslau as a Prussian citizen, stopped practicing her faith as an early teenager, plunged into the secular life of the mind, became a philosopher of no little renown, a translator, teacher and advocate of women's rights. In 1922 she was baptized a Roman Catholic. In 1933, aged 42, she became a Carmelite nun. In 1950, she and her older sister Rosa, were arrested from a Dutch convent by the Gestapo, sent by cattle car to Auschwitz and gassed to death in August 1942. In 1998 Pope John Paul II canonized Edith Stein, whose name in religion was Sister Teresa Benedicta a Cruce, a Catholic martyr and proclaimed her one of six patron saints of Europe. Since then students and readers have flocked to the English translations of all her major works -- for any number of different reasons. Helpfully, biographer MacIntyre draws on the English versions, including Stein's 500 page unfinished autobiography LIFE IN A JEWISH FAMILY 1891 - 1916.

Professor MacIntyre's book is longer than it need be for general readers. Many readers would settle for Cliffs Notes summaries of Edith Stein's earliest philosophical writings over an eight year period, a sort of PHENOMENOLOGY FOR DUMMIES. But MacIntrye devotes perhaps 3/4 of his 186 page narrative to elaborate, detailed setting the stage for Stein's first handful of philosophical essays.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Cathy Pickar on January 19, 2012
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Good, very difficult reading, not the subject matter or the style, just difficult. A good book though if you'd like to learn more her writings. Good introduction to her thought, but her thought is complex.
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Deep thinker, written by an expert philosopher. Stein knew that what we believe must make a difference in our lives or it is no difference at all. Her insights and clarity of thought are amazing (if you can understand philosophical thought like phenomenology).
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Alasdair MacIntyre is Senior Research Professor of Philosophy, University of Notre Dame. He is the author of several bestselling books, including After Virtue, Whose Justice? Which Rationality?, and A Short History of Ethics (a Routledge Classic).

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