RELATIONAL NATURE OF HUMAN PERSON

An Analysis of St Edith Stein’s Perspectives towards Ethical Community

  • Gasper Kadaviparambil Government College for Women, Trivandrum, Kerala
Keywords: Divine Vocation, Edith Stein, Empathic Inter-Subjective Relation, Ethical Relation, Human Existence, Emmanuel Levinas, Merleau-Ponty, Otherness

Abstract

The essay analyzes and presents the nuances involved in the phenomenological themes of empathy, ethical concerns and human existence and explicates their theological implications in understanding the nature of human existence as Divine vocation in the light of Edith Stein’s theological reflections on them. The empathic inter-human relation, according to Stein is a locus of Divine Grace wherein one along with the other involve in an attempt to orient themselves for higher values for which they are originally called by God in the order of Creation. This orientation as opening to the other is given to humans by God. In the light of Stein’s views on human existence as Divine Vocation, this study argues that by pointing out self’s fundamental opening as self of love and responsibility for the other, one can realize oneself as always and already otherwise-than-being.

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Published
2020-09-30
How to Cite
Kadaviparambil, G. (2020). RELATIONAL NATURE OF HUMAN PERSON. Journal of Dharma, 45(3), 453-468. Retrieved from http://dvkjournals.in/index.php/jd/article/view/3130