Edith Stein’s An Investigation Concerning the State: Sociality, Nationhood, Ethics

  • Eva Reyes-Gacitúa
  • Antonio Calcagno

Part of the Contributions to Phenomenology book series (CTPH, volume 110)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Edith Stein’s Concept of the State

  3. Applications and Extensions of Stein’s Theory of the State

About this book


This book explores Edith Stein's phenomenology of the state. It features chapters on the application of Stein’s political philosophy to real issues and questions affecting nations today. The contributors also situate Stein’s political theory within her larger philosophical corpus.

The collection examines An Investigation Concerning the State from various angles. Scholars first consider some of the direct claims Stein makes about social and political ontology. They mine her work for its implications for and applications to contemporary debates. Then, the contributors position her work in relation to other figures in phenomenology, including Edmund Husserl and Max Scheler. Finally, Stein’s views are brought to bear on other disciplines, including feminism, theology, and literature.  The contributors also use her theory of the state to address various contemporary issues, including bioethics and rights, globalization, as well as social and political inequality.

The view of the state that emerges has implications for how we do politics and make ethical decisions. Moreover, Stein's work has an impact on our views of sociality (as opposed to the sociality of contractarian views of the state), pedagogy, women, theories of justice and law, as well as social psychology and religion. This volume helps readers better understand this vital voice in political philosophy and appeals to students, professors, and researchers working in the field.


Edith Stein and Social Phenomenology Edith Stein’s An Investigation Concerning the State Edith Stein’s Political Philosophy Empathy in the Edith Stein’s Theory of the State Globalization and Social and Political Inequality Nationhood, State and Mysticism Positive and Apriori Law Rights, Bioethics, Ethics and Values Social Psychology, Feminism, and Political Theology Sociality and Social Ontology The Issue of State Power and Its Abuses Woman and the State Edith Stein and Political Theology Edith Stein and Theory of the State

Editors and affiliations

  • Eva Reyes-Gacitúa
    • 1
  • Antonio Calcagno
    • 2
  1. 1.Departamento de TeologíaUniversidad Católica del NorteAntofagastaChile
  2. 2.Department of PhilosophyKing’s University CollegeLondonCanada

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2020
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Religion and Philosophy
  • Print ISBN 978-3-030-33780-3
  • Online ISBN 978-3-030-33781-0
  • Series Print ISSN 0923-9545
  • Series Online ISSN 2215-1915
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