Workshop on Edith Stein, 8-9 February, Maynooth University, Ireland.

Edith Stein’s Finite and eternal Being is among her works the one in which the phenomenological and scholastic traditions are most closely united. In consequence, identifying its exact argument presents a challenge, to the phenomenologist and the scholastic alike. In this seminar (details below, at Maynooth University, Ireland, on Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th February 2020), we shall attempt to identify this argument through a close reading of the text with the help of scholars from different traditions and backgrounds.


Edith Stein’s Finite and Eternal Being. Identifying the Argument

Saturday 8 February 2020

Iontas Building, Humanities Institute Seminar room (1.33), Maynooth University, Ireland


Chair: Mette Lebech

9.00 – 9.45: Sarah Borden Sharkey: ‘The Argument of Stein’s Finite and Eternal Being’

9.45-10.30: Philipp Rosemann: ‘I. Introduction: The Inquiry into Being’

10.30-11.15: Patrick Gorevan: ‘II. Act and Potency as Modes of Being’

11.15-12.00: James Smith: ‘III. Essential and Real Being’

12.00-12.45: Jadwiga Guerrero van der Meijden: ‘IV. 1-2 Wesen – essentia, ousia – Substance’


12.45-13.30 Lunch

Chair: Michaela Sobrak-Seton

13.30-14.15: Robert McNamara: ‘IV. 3-5 Form and Matter’

14.15-15.00: Mariele Wulf: ‘V. Beings as such’

15.00-15.30: James McGuirk: ‘VI. The Meaning of Being’


15.30-16.00 Coffee

Chair: Dermot Moran

16.00-16.45: Margaret Sealy (1-4 and 9) and Catherine Kavanagh (5-8 and 10-11): ‘VII. The Image of the Trinity in the created World’

16.45-17.30: Kevin Doran: VIII. ‘The meaning of and reason for Individual Being’

17.30-18.00: Cyril McDonnell: ‘Appendix: Martin Heidegger‘s Existential Philosophy’


Sunday 9 February 2020, The Edith Stein Room, St Teresa’s Church,

Clarendon Street, Dublin, 15.00:

Sarah Borden Sharkey: The Argument of Edith Stein’s Finite and Eternal Being


(The workshop is supported by the Maynooth University Workshop Fund, The Arts and Humanities Institute, Maynooth University and the Department of Philosophy, Maynooth University)



  • For further information, please contact: Dr Mette Lebech, Department of Philosophy, Maynooth University,


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