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Care Ethics and the Feminist Personalism of Edith Stein

Version 1 : Received: 14 April 2022 / Approved: 18 April 2022 / Online: 18 April 2022 (11:41:18 CEST)

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Urban, P. Care Ethics and the Feminist Personalism of Edith Stein. Philosophies 2022, 7, 60. Urban, P. Care Ethics and the Feminist Personalism of Edith Stein. Philosophies 2022, 7, 60.


The personalist ethics of Edith Stein and her feminist thought are intrinsically interrelated. This unique connection constitutes perhaps the main novelty of Stein’s ethical thought that makes her a forerunner of some recent developments in feminist ethics, particularly ethics of care. A few scholars noticed the resemblance between Stein’s feminist personalism and care ethics, yet none of them have properly explored it. This paper offers an in-depth discussion of the overlaps and differences between Stein’s ethical insights and the core ideas of care ethics. It argues that both Stein and care ethicists relocate a certain set of practices, values and attitudes from the periphery to the center of ethical reflection. This includes relationality, emotionality and care. The paper finally argues that it is plausible and fruitful to read Stein’s advocacy of ‘woman’s values and attitudes’ in a critical feminist way, rather than as an instance of essentialist difference feminism.


Edith Stein; care ethics; personalism; feminism; empathy; emotions; caring; phenomenology


Arts and Humanities, Philosophy

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