Knowledge and Faith (The Collected Works of Edith Stein, vol. 8) Kindle Edition
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- ASIN : B01MPXAMPU
- Publisher : ICS Publications (October 25, 2016)
- Publication date : October 25, 2016
- Language : English
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This book contains two main works, and then a few drafts/fragments of works that all in some way address or come to terms with how "knowledge and faith" relate to each other (another reviewer said that this could more accurately/specifically be said to be how "science and faith" are related, but that is definitely misleading if by "science" that reviewer meant merely the empirical sciences such as physics, chemistry, biology, etc. instead of "science" in its fullest science which would also include philosophy, the other humanities, the social sciences, mathematics, and really any field of study).
The first work included (entitled here "Husserl and Aquinas: A Comparison"; originally "Husserls Phaenomenologie und die Philosophie des hl. Thomas von Aquino: Versuch einer Gegenueberstellung" - "Husserl's Phenomenology and the Philosophy of St. Thomas Aquinas: An Attempt at a Comparison") is Stein's contribution to the Husserl Festschrift of 1929 ("Festschrift" is a German term that refers to a volume of an academic journal that is dedicated to some person - normally a teacher/professor/etc. - which contains a number of essays normally written by his students; these essays tend to address topics that are in a similar field as that professor's academic focus, or topics related to how that particular student and that professor see each other's work). Stein's contribution was an essay comparing/contrasting the philosophy of Edmund Husserl and that of St. Thomas Aquinas. Her essay tackles this comparison in several ways including a discussion on the theocentrism of Aquinas' system and the egocentrism of Husserl's phenomenology, and the limits inherent in a philosophy that does not permit supernatural principles of knowledge. Those of a Thomistic background should read this work as it clarifies several misunderstandings Thomists tend to have about phenomenology.
The other main work ("Ways to Know God")was intended to be a contribution to the American journal "Philosophy and Phenomenological Research" but the editor (Marvin Farber) found it to be too theological for inclusion. It finally was published in "The Thomist" some years later. Farber's criticism was largely justified. While Stein does certainly employ philosophical reasoning and the phenomenological method throughout, the essay is an exposition of Pseudo-Dionysius' theological work and therefore operates almost entirely within a particular dogmatic frame (this is not a criticism: I have the honor of living within the same dogmatic frame as the saint).
As for the other works, they really are meant for the more scholarly who, if he needs to read them, will probably do so in the original German, or otherwise at least not be content with the simple summary I could provide here, but instead will thoroughly study the fragments themselves. For those reasons, I'll pass over them in this review.
This current compilation was issued in 2000 by the Institute of Carmelite Studies in Washington, DC. Again I note that by this time, Sister Teresa Benedicta of the Cross had become Saint Teresa Benedicta as a result of the proclamation of canonization issued in 1998 by Pope John Paul II. And again from my point of view, I believe this author’s thought is very valuable indeed as we begin to try to reconcile the many conflicts which seem to have evolved over the centuries between – as the title states – “knowledge and faith”, or perhaps more specifically, “science and traditional religious belief”. I believe it is a real blessing that as a result of the Church’s elevation of Edith Stein to sainthood, a new interest in her writing has developed. Her writings, fragmentary though they may be, offer a rich field for reflection.
There is also an essay on Pseudo-Dionysius included, but I recommend this book primarily as a must-read for those who wish to understand the intersection of Thomism and phenomenology).
I'm not as intelligent as she and this was far above me.