Edith Stein and Autism
Applying phenomenological method and discoveries to the understanding of Autistic Syndrome Disorders (ASDs) is long overdue. Since all consciousness displays structures of intentionality, meanings that autistic persons make are available through their gestures, sounds and language to an empathetic pairing partner. While still Husserl’s student, Edith Stein wrote the book on the nature and practice of empathy. Her insights allow us to recognize consciousness of the personalistic world as that which people with “high-functioning” Autism or Asperger’s Syndrome lack since they lack empathy. Emergence from autism means entering into and living in the personalistic world, as one among others.