Gerda Walther’s Phenomenology of Sociality, Psychology, and Religion

  • Antonio Calcagno

Part of the Women in the History of Philosophy and Sciences book series (WHPS, volume 2)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. The Life and Work of Gerda Walther

  3. Social Ontology and the Self

  4. Religion and Mysticism

  5. Back Matter
    Pages 169-171

About this book


This book explores the philosophical writings of Gerda Walther (1897–1977). It features essays that

recover large parts of Walther’s oeuvre in order to show her contribution to phenomenology

and philosophy. In addition, the volume contains an English translation of part of her

major work on mysticism.

The essays consider the interdisciplinary implications of Gerda Walther’s ideas. A student 

of Edmund Husserl, Edith Stein, and Alexander Pfänder, she wrote

foundational studies on the ego, community, mysticism and religion, and consciousness.

Her discussions of empathy, identification, the ego and ego-consciousness,

alterity, God, mysticism, sensation, intentionality, sociality, politics, and woman are

relevant not only to phenomenology and philosophy but also to scholars of religion, women’s 

and gender studies, sociology, political science, and psychology.

Gerda Walther was one of the important figures of the early phenomenological

movement. However, as a woman, she could not habilitate at a German

university and was, therefore, denied a position. Her complete works have yet to be

published. This ground-breaking volume not only helps readers discover a vital voice but it 

also demonstrates the significant contributions of women to early phenomenological thinking.


Ego and Ego Ego-Consciousness Empathy and Identification Mysticism and Religion History of Women in Philosophy Gerda Walther Women’s and gender studies Edith Stein Phenomenology of Mysticism Social Ontology and the Self Edmund Husserl Alexander Pfänder early phenomenological movement

Editors and affiliations

  • Antonio Calcagno
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PhilosophyKing’s University CollegeLondonCanada

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