Consciousness and Temporality: from Finite Being to Eternal Being in Edith Stein

Another session of the Permanent Seminar of the Philosophy Group of the CEFH took place on June 28, 2017, from 11.15 a.m. at  the Faculty of Philosophy and Social Sciences of UCP. In the context of the general problem of time, this session, by Prof. Dr. Etelvina Nunes, was subordinate to the theme “Consciousness and temporality: from finite being to eternal Being in Edith Stein“.

In Edith Stein, consciousness is inseparable from the notion of temporality. Relying on the notions of act and potency of Thomas Aquinas, and on Husserl’s phenomenology, Stein constructs a theory of time that has its centrality in the present. If, on the one hand, temporality manifests the finitude of the human being, on the other hand, it is also an indication of the ontological need to receive the being. Criticizing Heidegger, the author emphasizes that the ‘being of the finite being’ appears as ‘a received being’. In this context, some questions will be addressed: How can the experiences of consciousness, being a ‘temporal flow’, be raised to the reception of something that is timeless and that gives meaning to my finite and temporal being? How does the eternal come in time?

Under moderation of Prof. Dr. Yolanda Espiña, the Seminar, addressed to all docents and students of the Faculty of Philosophy and Social Sciences, was also open to the interested public.