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Essays On Woman (The Collected Works of Edith Stein) Paperback – June 15, 1996
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She explores the vocation of men and women, in particular, by expanding upon Aquinas's 'anima forma corporis' in her discussions of `woman's soul'. She is quite candid about her beliefs: "I am convinced that the species humanity embraces the double species man and woman; that the essence of the complete human being is characterized by this duality; and that the entire structure of the essence demonstrates the specific character. There is a difference, not only in body structure and in particular physiological functions, but also in the entire corporeal life. The relationship of soul and body is different in man and woman; the relationship of soul to body differs in their psychic life as well as that of the spiritual faculties to each other"
In her analyses, St. Edith Stein is uncompromisingly orthodox on the role of men and women in society and relation to each other. The Virgin Mary is highlighted as a model several times throughout the book. Interestingly, though, she highlights and expands more than any other writer that I have come across the strength, validity and necessity of spiritual maternity in all areas of life. In doing so, she vividly explores what John Paul II later termed "the feminine genius", though it is never labeled as such in her essays. She is infatuated with what is inherently feminine nature, and, in contrast, masculine nature, developing some psychological insights into female empathy that parallel Simon Baron-Cohen's findings in the 1990s.Read more ›
As other reviewers have noticed, Stein is not necessarily easy to categorize. She lives the tension between being a professional philosopher and a Carmelite; she expresses the tension between history and tradition, between philosophy and theology.
Students have noticed that Stein's views on education, on women's ordination, and on human personality development are consonant with phenomenology, particularly phenomenological psychology. Students have also pointed out that Stein's back and forth movement from tradition to history to analysis of human experience imitates Husserl's zig-zag movement of phenomenological description.
I find that Stein's book is a wonderful counterpoint to later issues of gender theory. Students can begin to wrestle well with questions by later thinkers such as Butler and Kristeva when they use Stein as a model for the thinking that preceded them. Of course, Stein has her own value too, especially to a Catholic audience. I am very glad that I have read this book, and I will continue to use it if it remains in print.
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