International Conference of the International Association for the Study of Edith Stein's Philosophy

The congress starts on 6th October 2023 at 9:00 am and ends on 8th October 2023 at 14:30 pm.
The plenary speakers are:
Dr. Beate Beckmann-Zöller (president of the German Edith Stein Society, scientific editor of the Edith Stein Gesamtausgabe): Edith Stein's philosophy of education in the historical, intellectual and pedagogical context of Germany in the first half of the 20th century.
Prof. Dr. Mette Lebech (University of Maynooth, Ireland): John Henry Newman and Edith Stein on Education
Prof. Dr. Francesc Torralba (Ramón Llull University, Barcelona, Spain): What does Edith Stein mean by forming people?
Prof. Dr. Feliciana Merino (Edith Stein Institute of Philosophy, Granada, Spain): The current relevance of Steinian thinking on education
For plenary lectures and panel discussion, translation into English and Spanish will be provided. Papers will be offered in the original language only.    
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Beate Beckmann-Zöller (1966) earned her doctorate in 2001. She is president of the German Edith Stein Society, a philosopher of religion and lives with her family in the south of Munich.

She teaches at the Catholic University of Applied Sciences in Munich. She teaches at the Catholic University of Applied Sciences in Munich. From 1993 to 2004 she was assistant to Professor Hanna-Barbara Gerl-Falkovitz (Professor of Philosophy of Religion at the Institute of Philosophy at the Technical University of Dresden). Together with the same author, she has edited two collective volumes with studies on Edith Stein.

She has contributed to the editing and introduction of seven volumes of the Edith Stein Gesamtausgabe and has published the monograph Frauen bewegen die Päpste. Leben und Briefe der Hildegard von Bingen, Birgitta von Schweden, Caterina von Siena, Mary Ward, Elena Guerra und Edith Stein. (Augsburg 2010). She has given several lectures and articles on Edith Stein's philosophy of religion and on religious studies.


PhD in Philosophy of Law from the University of Valencia (2004).

She teaches at the Institute of Philosophy Edith Stein (Granada, Spain) and at the Institute of Theology Lumen Gentium, in the same city. She is a well-known specialist in the figure of Edith Stein and a regular lecturer on her thought. She has written numerous articles and book chapters on the philosophy of the Jewish philosopher, in several languages, with special attention to Edith Stein's anthropology (especially in the field of sexual differentiation) and her political thought.

She has also translated Alasdair MacIntyre's Edith Stein: A Philosophical Prologue. She has been a lecturer at the Universidad Católica San Antonio de Murcia; visiting professor at the Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz (Germany) and lecturer at the International Academy of Philosophy. She is also a regular contributor to the expert network of the Catholic news portal Aleteia (www.aleteia.org).


Francesc Torralba Roselló (Barcelona, 1967) holds a PhD in Philosophy from the University of Barcelona (1992), a PhD in Theology from the Faculty of Theology of Catalonia (1997), a PhD in Pedagogy from the Universitat Ramon Llull (2018) and a PhD in Art History from the Ateneo Universitario San Paciano (2022).

He is currently director of the Ethos Chair at the Universitat Ramon Llull. Throughout his academic career he has published a large number of essays that have been translated into French, German, English, Italian and Portuguese, among other languages. He chairs various Ethics Committees and is a Full Member of the Royal European Academy of Doctors.

His philosophical works include Inteligencia espiritual (2010), La ética como angustia (2015), Mundo volátil (2018) and Vivir en lo esencial (2020).


Mette Lebech is Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Maynooth, Ireland, where she has taught since 1998.

She holds degrees from Copenhagen, Louvain-La-Neuve and Leuven.

She has published widely on human dignity and Edith Stein, is founding President of the International Association for the Study of the Philosophy of Edith Stein (IASPES) and Series Editor of the book series Edith Stein Studies with Lexington Books.

She is a Fellow of the Centre for the Study of Women Philosophers and Scientists at the University of Paderborn.