Being and empathy: the philosophy of Edith Stein

Course Dates: 15/02/20
Time: 10:30 - 16:30
Location: KS - Keeley Street

In writing that “Empathy is the experience of foreign consciousness … irrespective of the subject whose consciousness is experienced [including God]”, Edith Stein opened the way for a ‘phenomenology’ of faith.


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?

You might also be interested in HP032 - 'The wedding between body and language': Luce Irigaray's Philosophy of the Feminine.

Tutor Biographies
John Goff Tutor Website

From reading Philosophy at a young age to the formal study of Cognitive Science, Philosophy & Psychology at the Universities of London and Sussex - after a prior career in video-arts - John Goff has been presenting philosophy courses to adults since the early 2000s. He uses a cross-disciplinary, seminar-based approach in his courses, drawing on Philosophy, Psychology and the wider Humanities & Social Sciences with an emphasis on the intersection of contemporary and classical European and Asian philosophical thought. He is the author of several works of philosophical fiction concerning artificial minds and organisms and alternative-human worlds including the novel 'The Last Days of the Most Hidden Man' and the novellas 'Eidopolis', 'Agents of Erasure' and 'Jupiter|Saturn'. His academic writings can be found on his page at ''.

Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.

Book your place

Course Code: HP090

Sat, day, 15 Feb - 15 Feb '20

Duration: 1 session

Full fee: £59.00
Senior fee: £47.00
Concession: £30.00

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