Edith Stein, Causality, and the Humanities
In the Introduction to Beiträge zur philosophischen Begründung der Psychologie and der Gesiteswissenschaften,” Edith Stein notes that “the concept of cause today has not yet recovered from the blow that Hume’s devastating critique dealt to it . . . .” She devotes her work to understanding cause anew and from the perspective of emerging philosophical movement of phenomenology. This paper has three parts: part one examines Stein’s study of cause and the role it plays in the formation of the individual and society; part two draws out the implications of her understanding of cause and how she applies it to an understanding of the humanities; part three offers an analysis and critique of Stein’s work and examines its relevance for the contemporary quest for new directions in the humanities.
Keywords: Edith Stein, Causality, Humanities, Phenomenology
Dr. Hugh Hunt
Assistant Dean, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Kennesaw State University