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International Philosophical Quarterly

Volume 61, Issue 1, March 2021

William Tullius
Pages 61-76

Person and Spirit
On the Ethical and Pedagogical Implications of Edith Stein’s Christian Personalism

Much of Edith Stein’s work on personhood is influenced by Max Scheler’s ethically focused Christian personalism. But Stein’s own treatment of the ethical implications of personalism is not yet well studied. While the ethical theme is visible early on, it is not until the 1930s that the implicitly Christian dimension of her personalism became explicit. Stein mined her Christian personalism for its ethical and pedagogical implications on the topic of self-formation. This paper reviews the lines of development of Stein’s Christian personalism and examines its centrality for a concept of ethical education.

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