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

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11:00 - 13:00 |

Permanent Seminar of Philosophy
Prof. Dr. Etelvina Nunes
Moderation: Prof. Dr. Yolanda Espiña
Room 1.1. Faculty of Philosophy and Social Sciences, UCP, Braga

In Edith Stein, consciousness is inseparable from the notion of temporality. Relying on the notions of act and power 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, it is an index of the ontological need to receive the being. Criticizing Heidegger, the author emphasizes, that the ‘being of the finite being’ appears as ‘a being received’. 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?