Volume 25, Issue 2, Fall 2021
Rethinking Phenomenology with Edith Stein
Anna Maria Pezzella, Antonio Calcagno
Phenomenology and Psychology
Edith Stein’s Contribution to the Investigation of the Psyche
Edith Stein came to phenomenology after beginning her university studies in psychology. She struggled with the inability of psychology to justify and delineate its founding principles. She found in Edmund Husserl, though his sustained criticisms of psychologism, the possibility of a phenomenological ground for psychology. This article demonstrates how Stein, drawing from but also distancing herself from Husserl, justifies the possibility of a phenomenological psychology framed within a personalist structure of subjectivity and sociality.