Volume 25, Issue 2, Fall 2021

Rethinking Phenomenology with Edith Stein

Anna Maria Pezzella, Antonio Calcagno
Pages 17-30

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.