Self and Subjectivity in Edith Stein and Hedwig Conrad-Martius (Libori Summer School)

Ort: Paderborn
Beginn: 30.07.2018 11:30
Ende: 03.08.2018 17:00

Lecturers: Ronny Miron, Antonio Calcagno, Rodney Parker


Discussions of the self and subjectivity are a commonplace in phenomenological writings. The elaboration of the I as the focal point of experience is central to phenomenological research.


In the Fourth Cartesian Meditation, Husserl argues that the phenomenology of “self-constitution coincides with phenomenology as whole.” In this course, we will reflect on the self and subjectivity through the writings of Edith Stein and Hedwig Conrad-Martius, and critically assess their views on these themes. We will begin by discussing Husserl’s arguments for the unity of consciousness, his distinction between the empirical and transcendental I, and his threefold description of the ego as: (1) the identical pole of subjective processes, (2) the substrate of habitualities, and (3) monad. We will also consider the self as a bodily and spiritual being capable of constituting spiritual (social, cultural, historical) objects.

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