John Paul II, Edith Stein, and Fides et Ratio

Dr. Mette Lebech, PhD

Mette Lebech is a Lecturer in Philosophy at the National University of Ireland, Maynooth since 1998. She holds degrees in philosophy from the universities of Copenhagen, Louvain-la-neuve and Leuven. She has lectured and published widely on human dignity, friendship, various topics in bioethics and the philosophy of Edith Stein. Her most recent publications include On the Problem of Human Dignity. A Hermeneutical and Phenomenological Investigation, Köningshausen und Neumann, 2009, which employs Stein’s phenomenology to explore the experiential necessity of the idea of human dignity. She is the founding President of the International Association for the Study of the Philosophy of Edith Stein (IASPES). Her current research interest is in phenomenological value theory.

She will speak on the question, “Why did refer to Edith Stein in Fides et Ratio?”

Sister Teresa Benedicta of the Cross, better known by her name in the world as Edith Stein, was beatified by John Paul II on 1 May 1987. She was canonized on 11 October 1998, and further honored when she was made co-Patroness of Europe on 1 October 1999. In the encyclical Fides et Ratio she is pointed out as one of those thinkers who in recent times illustrates the fruitful relationship between philosophy and the Word of God (74), the others mentioned being Newman, Rosmini, Maritain, and Gilson. There is a special between John Paul II and Edith Stein. His reasons for pointing her out provide the framework for this paper. Dr. Lebech suggests that these reasons are both personal and objective and shall speak of both by first addressing Edith Stein as ‘mirror’ for Karol Wojtyla and then as philosopher.

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