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The Presence of Duns Scotus in the Thought of Edith Stein: The Question of Individuality (Analecta Husserliana, Volume 120)

By Francesco Alfieri

This booklet examines the phenomenological anthropology of Edith Stein. It particularly makes a speciality of the query which Stein addressed in her paintings Finite and everlasting Being: what's the foundational precept that makes the person certain and unrepeatable in the human species? conventional analyses of Edith Stein’s writings have tended to border her perspectives in this factor as being motivated by means of Aristotle and Thomas Aquinas, whereas neglecting her curiosity within the lesser-known determine of Duns Scotus. but, as this ebook exhibits, in regards to the query of individuality, Stein used to be severe of Aquinas’ strategy, discovering that of Duns Scotus to be extra convincing. with a purpose to get to the guts of Stein’s readings of Duns Scotus, this ebook appears at her released writings and her own correspondence, as well as engaging in a meticulous research of the unique codexes on which her resources have been dependent. Written with diligence and aptitude, the e-book seriously evaluates the authenticity of Stein’s assets and indicates how the placement of Scotus himself advanced. It highlights the originality of Stein’s contribution, which was once to rediscover the relevance of Mediaeval scholastic proposal and reinterpret it within the language of the Phenomenological college based by way of Edmund Husserl.

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Four particular in this topic is the concept of Anselm of Canterbury, whose daring theological rationality seeks to appreciate the phrases of the Scriptures once they describe the a number of and varied attributes of God with out ever wasting sight of absolutely the fullness of His greater solidarity and id as an absolute precept. See De processione Spiritus sancti, 1 (Patrologia Latina 158, columns 285B–286A), in Anselm of Canterbury (1946–1961), vol. II, p. 177, 18 – p. 178, five: “Credunt [scil. Graeci et Latini] quidem unum et solum ac perfectum esse Deum, nec ullam eum habere partem, sed totum esse quidquid est.

God’s fact, that's the reality of each real factor, exists in itself with out courting to the other fact. And if all actual issues percentage during this fact, the reason is, they are often precise and ready to relate to different actual issues. For clever beings this suggests their skill to review real issues, yet with out ever with the ability to learn the reality in itself, simply because they'll by no means be capable to realize it in its solidarity and incomparable nonalterability. with regards to the phenomenal speculative attempt of the masters of later Greek Neoplatonism, Pseudo-Dionysius the Areopagite issues out that whereas the reality makes all issues precise, none of them makes the reality real, and hence no finite topic can clutch its unique essence.

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