The Functions of Memory in Edith Stein and in Anna-Teresa Tymieniecka’s Phenomenology of Life
This study aims mainly at showing the functions of memory coming out of Edith Stein’s phenomenological route, passing on to the innovative ontopoietic context of the Anna-Teresa Tymieniecka’s phenomenology of life, both feed on the common source of phenomenological research.
In Edith Stein, the theme of memory emerges as a basically anthropological matter, that is concerning the specific human condition of the flowing of life. The man in his wholeness, indeed, that is in his multiple dimensions, physical, psychical, spiritual and intersubjective, is the starting point and the main thread of the entire philosophical research carried out by Stein since her dissertation, On The Problem Of Empathy.
On the other side, in Anna-Teresa Tymieniecka’s treatment memory has a wider range, owing especially to the fact that it is still anchored to the extended background of the ontopoiesis of life. Tymieniecka, indeed, presents memory as an essential element of the ontopoiesis since its dawning, not only as it is subject to this process itself, but as it constitutes and plays an active role in the progressive positive self-individualizing deployment of the logos-of-life.
An interesting possibility of integration between the two positions appears, that would need, however, further specific analyses.
KeywordsSpiritual Life Main Thread Innermost Part Italian Translation Wilful Action
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