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St. Edith Stein's Aesthetics

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My Friends,

It was almost a shame that our last reading, Beauty in the Light of the Redemption (, took us only one week — what a great document and lively discussion! If you didn't have chance to read it, I hope you'll go back over it. It seems to have been the favorite reading so far in our series on beauty.

This week, we being what shall be our last readings on beauty — and also the first (and almost certainly last!) reading authored by yours truly. We are reading about St. Edith Stein, who was a contemporary and colleague of Dietrich von Hildebrand. They studied under the same teacher, and both converted to Catholicism; but their philosophies, while rooted in phenomenology and personalism, developed very differently, as we shall see.

The essay is entitled Manifesting Meaning: Art, Truth, and Community in St. Edith Stein. (

Abstract: In this paper I investigate the peculiarities of artistic truth in relation to God, the artist, the work of art, and the artwork’s audience. In doing so, I attempt to fashion from her unsystematic statements about art the rudiments of an aesthetic theory. The core of this theory is the role of beauty in the manifestation of truth and meaning in the world of finite being. This manifestation, I argue, affords art a unique possibility of creating a fuller harmony between finite and infinite being, and so a fuller harmony with God.

I hope to see you all, Wednesday, 7pm, on the upstairs back patio of the Ginger Man.

Peace & Blessings,


P.S. We'll be starting Dante's Paradiso soon, so remember to brush up on the Inferno and the Purgatorio.