Legal Personhood in Positive Law and Edith Stein’s An Investigation Concerning the State

  • María Eliana Martínez Fernández
Part of the Contributions to Phenomenology book series (CTPH, volume 110)


This essay explores the notion of legal personhood as it is constituted in Edith Stein’s understanding of the state. I argue that Stein’s concept of legal personhood, as it relates to sovereignty and positive law, bears certain similarities to central, contemporary Chilean legal concepts. I mine the philosophical implications of the comparison.


Political constitution State Sovereignty Government Natural person Legal person 


  1. Stein, Edith. 2005. Una investigación sobre el Estado. In Obras Completas de Edith Stein, Vol. II: Escritos filosóficos Etapa fenomenológica (1915–1920), 521–653. Trans. Constantino Garrido and José Luís Caballero. Burgos: Monte Carmelo.Google Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  • María Eliana Martínez Fernández
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  1. 1.Faculty of TheologyPontificia Universidad Católica de ChileSantiagoChile

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