What is the course about?
Edith Stein was one of the first phenomenological philosophers to examine empathy and intersubjectivity. She also attempted to reconcile her Catholic faith with the philosophy of Edmund Husserl, her teacher. Stein’s synthesis of the philosophies of Thomas Aquinas and Husserl provides a unique understanding of our being in the world – and the possibilities of faith – that deserves greater recognition. We aim to make Stein’s thought more familiar by examining her contribution to a philosophical-phenomenological understanding of faith and religion.
What will we cover?
• Stein’s account of empathy
• Catholic (Thomist) and Phenomenological philosophies
• Faith & Empathy as modes of being in the world.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
• Discuss the relation between faith and empathy using simple examples from ordinary, everyday activities..
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
The course does not assume any prior knowledge, only an interest in the key topics. Some experience of introductory philosophy would be beneficial.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
The course will run in seminar format with short presentations including group discussion and Q&A. There may be some readings discussed in pairs or small groups in the sessions. Slides and relevant links will be available online. No work outside class.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Notemaking equipment of your own choice. Handouts from relevant portions of texts will be provided.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
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