Edith Stein: Jewish Woman, Teacher of Empathy, Victim of Hitler, Saint of our Times Isabelle Smyth SS24-04


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Tutor: Isabelle Smyth MMM

Tuesdays: 10.30am – 12 noon

Dates: 23rd January – 6th February 2-2024

Cost: €40 (3 Weeks)

Module Ref: SS24-04

The Centre will be closed for mid-term break

12-16 February 2024 and for an Easter break 25 March to 5 April.

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Module Description

In the three sessions we will disuss 1) Edith’s young life attending the Synagogue with her devoted mother, her teenage atheism, her struggle with self-doubt, her discovery of Christianity through Lutheran friends, her vocation to Carmel and her death at Auschwitz; 2) her philosophical legacy, explaining empathy as the methodology of choice for many researchers in the social sciences and branches of psychology today; 3) Edith’s spiritual legacy and how her Jewish family and people have coped with the issues they faced with her canonisation as a Catholic saint in 1998. 


Isabelle Smyth: As a Medical Missionary of Mary, Isabelle worked as Hospital Administrator in Tanzania, later in the Archdiocese of São Paulo, serving on the Commission for Human Rights, living and ministering in local ecclesial communities. Her academic qualifications include MA in Political Philosophy, Maynooth, L.Ph from Pontifical University and a Diploma in Sociology and Social Research at UCD.


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