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A CURIOSITY - Catholic Worker odds & ends
January 25th, 2009
12:40 am


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In its article on Edith Stein (Saint Teresa Benedicta of the Cross) the online free encyclopedia, Wikipedia, lists the
following persons as her "intellectual and spiritual contemporaries of note."

Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Lutheran pastor, theologian and Christian martyr.
Simone Weil, philosopher and theological writer.
Jan Tyranowski, hermit layman and mentor to John Paul II.
Dorothy Day, founder of the Catholic Worker Movement.
Catherine Doherty, founder of Madonna House Apostolate.
Martin Heidegger, philosopher, Rector of the University of Freiburg (1933-34), member Nazi Party.

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Date:January 25th, 2009 09:59 am (UTC)


"member Nazi Party" (1933-1945)
Does Your data suggest, that he stepped out of the Party before 1945?
Love, Aly
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Date:January 25th, 2009 11:29 pm (UTC)
New respect for Edith Stein, new disrespect for Martin Heidegger.

If these were people she interacted with, wow!

People became Nazis to advance their careers in the thirties, but the idea that Heidegger caved in is disgusting. Surely, he could not find in his philosophy anything to justify such an action. We are told that there are dangers to philosophies that claim to go "beyond good and evil," and I agree. But I am drawn to Taoism, the via negativa, and existentialism. I don't think any of those ideas provide justification for hurting others.
Date:January 26th, 2009 08:09 am (UTC)

Stein and her listed contemporaries

I don't think she knew any of these people other than Heidegger.
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