Seminar: Edith Stein’s “Finite and Eternal Being” – Part II





June 24 to 27, 10:00 AM to 6 PM

University of Paderborn

with Mette Lebech (Maynooth University)

and Sarah Borden (Wheaton College)





The seminar will provide an in-depth look into Edith Stein’s late magnum opus Finite and Eternal Being, investigating its metaphysical and phenomenological aspects. This seminar is devoted in particular to the second part of the book (chapters 6-8) dealing with Christian and philosophical themes of being, the trinity and individuality. Attendance of the previous seminar on the first part is not required. The structure is as follows:

Day 1 (24th of June): Recap of chapters 1-4 – Christian Philosophy, Being, Essence

Day 2 (25th of June): Discussion of chapter 6 – The Meaning of Being

Day 3 (26th of June): Discussion of chapter 7 – The Image of the Trinity in the Created World

Day 4 (27th of June): Discussion of chapter 8 – The Meaning and Foundation of Individual Being

Every day will begin with a short introductory lecture, presenting some of the main ideas of the respective chapter. Chapters 1-4 will be recapitulated by Daniel Neumann, Chapter 6 will be introduced by Mette Lebech and Chapters 7 and 8 by Sarah Borden.

In-person visitors are welcome and are asked to register at

Sarah Borden is the author of “Edith Stein’s Finite and Eternal Being. A Companion” (2023, Rowman & Littlefield). Mette Lebech’s recent publications on Edith Stein include “The Philosophy of Edith Stein: From Phenomenology to Metaphysics” (2015, Peter Lang).

The seminar language will be German and English.

Seminar Location: Konferenzraum, Technologiepark 21.

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