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Walter Redmond
Universidad de Austin, Texas
Estados Unidos
Núm. 23 (2020), Artículos
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An Inquiry concerning the State (Eine Untersuchung über den Staat) is the last of four  “phenomenological” writings that Edith Stein (1891-1942) composed before becoming a Catholic in 1922.  The work contains Stein’s political philosophy and theory of the state and appeared in the phenomenological journal Jahr­buch für Philosophie und phä­no­­menologische Forschung in 1925.  Her analyses are not only important theoretically; they also cast light on the political movements of her time (Adolf Hitler´s Mein Kampf was published in the same year) and indeed are quite relevant to the social turmoil and ideological controversies we are experiencing today.  The following is a sketch of Stein’s life and intellectual activity and a review of main topics she treats in work: state and community, sovereignty, people and nation, law, morality and religion.


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Stein, E. Zum Problem der Einfühlung, Halle, Max Niemeyer, 1917, reprinted, Munich G. Kaffke Verlag, 1980; trans¬lation by W. Stein, ICS Publications, vol. 3 of The Collected Works of Edith Stein Washington, 1989.
-- Psychische Kausalität and Individuum und Gemeinschaft in Beiträge zur philosophische Begründung del Psychologie und der Geisteswissenschaften, Jahrbuch, vol. 5, Halle, Niemeyer, 1922
--Des heiligen Thomas von Aquino/ “Untersuchungen über die Wahrheit” in deutscher Übertragung, two volumes, 1931, O. Borgmeyer, Breslau, 1931, J. H. Kardinal Newman/ Briefe und Tagebücher bis zum Über¬¬tritt zur Kirche, 1801-1845, Theatiner Verlag, Munich, 1928, Potenz und Akt/ Studien zu einer Philo-sophie des Seins, written in 1931 as a Habilitationsschrift for the University of Freiburg (she failed to ob-tain a position) and published for the first time as volume 18 of Edith Steins Werke, Herder, Freiburg, 1998.
--Endliches und ewiges Sein/ Versuch eines Aufstiegs zum Sinn des Seins, vol. 2 of Edith Steins Werke, Herder, Freiburg im Breisgau, 1950, 1986;
--Kreuzeswissenschaft/ Studie über Joannes a Cruce, vol. 1, Louvain, Nauwelaerts, Freiburg, Herder, 1954.
--Life in a Jewish Family, 1891-1916, by Edith Stein, translated by J. Koeppel, OCD, Washington, ICS Publications, 1986