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

Friday, 6 October 2023


H.E. Ms. Lydia Jiménez, President of the Catholic University of Avila, Spain

Ms. Mª Carmen Madrid, Director of EUM Fray Luis de León, Valladolid, Spain

P. Dr. Thomas Gricoski (OSB), President of the IASPES, professor of Saint Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology, Saint Meinrad, Indiana, USA


Plenary Lecture - Prof. Dr. Beate Beckmann-Zöller, President of the Edith Stein Gesellschaft (Deutschland), Catholic University of Applied Sciences, Munich, Germany

Perspectives on Edith Stein's philosophy of education. Influences and originality 


Round table: Postulation of St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross as Doctor of the Church: Background and State of the Question

Dr. Fr. John Sullivan, OCD, Chairman of the commission of the Institute of Carmelite Studies responsible for the supervision of Collected Works of Edith Stein, Washington, D.C., USA

Prof. Dr. Fr. Christof Betschart, OCD, President of the Commission for the Postulation of St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross for the Doctorate of the Church, Rector of the Pontifical Theological Faculty Teresianum, Rome, Italy

13hHoly Mass, Monastery of the Incarnation of the Discalced Carmelite nuns

Plenary Lecture - Prof. Dr. Mette Lebech, University of Maynooth, Ireland

The influence of John Henry Newman on Edith Stein's Anthropology of Education


round tables

Table in English

The contribution of education to the individual and social aspect of the human person

Prof. Dr. Valentina Gaudiano, Sophia University Institute, Florence, Italy

Race and Education: A Steinian Vision for Human Development

Mr. William Tullius, PhD, American Public University System, Charles Town, WV, USA

Table in Spanish

The formation of formators in Edith Stein. A proposal for an itinerary

Prof. Dr. Alfonso Martínez-Carbonell López, Universidad CEU Cardenal Herrera, Valencia, Spain

Edith Stein and citizenship education: thinking about community and social links

Prof. Dra. Eva Pamela Reyes Gacitúa, Universidad Católica del Norte, Antofagasta, Chile

19:30hColloquium with the speakers
Saturday, 7 October 2023
9:15hPresentation of the new Spanish version of the book Endliches und ewiges SeinEdith Stein - Prof. Dr. D. Mariano Crespo, University of Navarra, Spain

Plenary Lecture - Prof. Dr. D. Francesc Torralba Roselló, Ramón Llull University, Barcelona, Spain

The 'telos' of 'Bildung' in the work of Edith Stein 


round tables

Table in English

Holistic Formation and/or Sectorial Excellence in Edith Stein

Prof. Dr. Christof Betschart (OCD), Rector of the Teresianum, Rome, Italy

Unfolding a Gift of God: How Edith Stein's Educational Theology Opposes the Technocratic Paradigm

Prof. Dr. Mariéle Courtois, Benedictine College Atchison, Kansas, USA 

Towards Resilience. An approach from Edith Stein's personal letters

Prof. Dr. Dr. Claudia-Mariéle Wulf, Centre for Safeguarding for Minors and Vulnerable adults, Saint Paul UniversityOttawa, Canada

Table in Spanish

Influence of Judaism on Edith Stein's philosophy of education. Critical intersections with Christianity and phenomenology.

Prof. Dr. Eduardo González Di Pierro, Universidad Michoacana de San Nicolás de Hidalgo, Morelia, Michoacán, Mexico

Freedom in a Trinitarian way as the core of the integral formation of the person

Prof. Dr. Haddy Yasminacha Bello Díaz, Vice-Dean, Faculty of Theology, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Santiago de Chile, Chile

Rescuing the authority of the teacher. Reflections on Edith Stein

Prof. Dra. Miriam Ramos Gómez, EUM Fray Luis de León (Valladolid), Centro adscrito a la Universidad Católica de Ávila, Spain

12:30hColloquium with the round table speakers  


Table O.1

For Curiosity's Sake: A Secularizing Stein's Philosophy

Lauren Lovestone, Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Religion, Florida State University, USA

Examining the Impact Movement in Western Higher Education Through the Lens of Edith Stein

Prof. Dr. Ulrich Hommel, EBS Universität für Wirtschaft und Recht, Wiesbaden, Germany

The Theoretical Implications of Stein's Interpersonal Framing

Genevieve Buono Frank, M.A. Ph.D Candidate, School of Philosophy The Catholic University of America, Washington D.C., USA

Table O.2

Empathy in the stomatologist-patient relationship, a view from Edith Stein's contributions.

Prof. Dra. Karla Marisol Teutli Mellado, Facultad de Estomatología, Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla, Mexico

The educator's being according to Edith Stein: intellect, inner life and empathy in the service of the people

Cecilia Giudice, Master in Philosophy of Education, Universidad Católica Argentina, Buenos Aires, Argentina

The essence of the spirit in Edith Stein as a basis for an education of openness

Prof. Dr. Einar Iván Monroy Gutiérrez, Universidad Nacional Abierta y a Distancia -UNAD- Bogotá, Colombia

Table 1.1

Political Theory and Education according to Edith Stein

Laurence Bur, PhD, Faculty of Catholic Theology, University of Strasbourg, France

Method in Interdisciplinarity

Fr. Joachim Ostermann (OFM), PhD, Franciscans of Canada, Canada 

Understanding Light: The Contemplative Pedagogy of Edith Stein

Michele Kueter Petersen, Ph.D. Lecturer, Theology and Philosophy Department St. Ambrose University, Davenport, Iowa, USA

Table 1.2

Outlines of Edith Stein's phenomenological psychology and its relevance to education

Rodrigo de la Vega Pérez, M. A., Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla, Mexico

The configuration of the self in Edith Stein and Martin Heidegger

Prof. Dr. María Teresa Stuven Vattier, Facultad de Filosofía, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Santiago de Chile, Chile

Dialogue between Edith Stein's pedagogical thought from the theory of knowledge and Leonardo Polo's transcendental anthropology.

Prof. Dr. Katya María Luisa Palafox Gómez, Faculty of Education and Psychology



Table O.1

Edith Stein's Philosophy of Education: Einfühlung, Phronesis, and the Bonum Commune

Michael F. Andrews, PhD, Department of Philosophy, Loyola University, Chicago, Illinois, USA

Philosophy of Education of Edith Stein and Augustine

Fr. Patrick Paul de Castro, OSA, PhD, University Chaplain, University of San Agustin, Iloilo City, Philippines

Table O.2

How to educate to inhabit the inner world? A look from Edith Stein

Prof. Dr. José Raúl Ramírez Valencia, Universidad Católica del Oriente, Bogotá, Colombia

University education according to Edith Stein and John Henry Newman

Javier Ormazábal Echeverría, Graduate in Philosophy and Literature, University of Navarra and Polis Institute of Jerusalem, Israel

The Empathy Thesis, an orientation to the constitution of the person

Yuridia Cecilia de la Cruz Gerardo, Universidad Autónoma de la Ciudad de México, México

Table O.3

Social-emotional skills from Edith Stein's empathy theory

Aída Milany Tobón Álvarez, M.A., Universidad Católica del Oriente, Bogotá, Colombia

Edith Stein's Anthropology, the foundation of an Integral Pedagogy

Laura Noemí Urbina Valor (Universidad Católica de Salta) and M. A. Gabriela Alicia Gómez (Universidad Católica de Salta) Salta, Argentina

Table 1.1

The concept of self-education in E. Stein and S. Weil

Prof. Dr. Alejandra Novoa Echaurren and Prof. Dr. Patricia Moya Cañas, Universidad de Los Andes, Santiago de Chile, Chile

Human formation and study: an approach from Edith Stein and Simone Weil

Prof. Dr. Paulina Monjaraz, Universidad Autónoma de San Luis Potosí, Mexico

Sensitive education: a pedagogical framework based on the thinking of Edith Stein

Prof. Dr. Luis Manuel Martínez Domínguez, FERSE - Grupo de Investigación Fundamentos de la Educación y Responsabilidad Social Corporativa, Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, Madrid, Spain

Table 1.2

What does it mean to be 'a woman'? Edith Stein on education, gender, and sociopolitical roles

Sofía Núñez Mandell, Maynooth University, Dublin, Ireland

Edith Stein's Truth and its Bearing on Education

Fr Francis Payo, PhD, Sancta Maria Mater et Regina Seminarium, Roxas City, and San Pablo Seminary, Baguio, Philippines

Formation as Individuation: Edith Stein on the Metaphysics of Bildung

Travis Lacy, PhD, Assistant Professor of Religious Studies, Mount Mercy University, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, USA

19:00hA visit to Ávila
20:00hHoly Mass (La Santa Church)
Sunday, 8 October 2023
8:30hHoly Mass (Convento de CC. Descalzas de San José)

Plenary Lecture - Prof. Dr. Feliciana Merino Escalera (Edith Stein Institute of Philosophy, Granada, Spain)

Current thinking on education in Steinian thought



Table 1.1

Educational personalism, Edith Stein's response to today's proceduralism

Prof. Dr. María Jesús Carravilla Parra, Universidad Católica de Ávila, Ávila, Spain

Teacher education according to Edith Stein: guiding and being guided

Prof. Dr. Milagros Muñoz-Arranz, Faculty of Education, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain

"Educate to Serve", the ideal of education from Edith Stein's relational ontology.

Prof. Dr. Rodrigo Álvarez (OSB), Faculty of Theology, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Santiago de Chile, Chile 

Table 1.2

Educational Leadership in Edith Stein: Perspectives and Update

Prof. Dr. Ana Isabel Gómez Vallecillo and Lcdo. Enrique Sánchez Solano, Universidad Católica de Ávila, Ávila, Spain

Educating for knowledge, communication and encounter. A theological approach to the Steinian notion of mysticism in the service of religious pedagogy.

Gwendolyn Araya Gómez, PhD Candidate, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Member of the Centro UC Estudios Interdisciplinarios en Edith Stein, Chile

Table 1.3

The university as a community and its role in the formation of the person

Lourdes Giannina Orejel Orejel and María Pilar Sánchez Barajas, Universidad Panamericana, Instituto de Humanidades, Guadalajara, Mexico

The credibility of the communicator: "die Glaubwürdigigkeit des Mitteilenden".

Lcda. Myrna Najat Torbay Khoury, Centro Internacional Teresiano Sanjuanista - "Universidad de la Mística", Ávila, Spain

Teacher training for a holistic education under the philosophy of Edith Stein

María Dolores Pérez Esteban, University of Almería, Almería, Spain

Table 1.4

Can the integral man be the remedy for the disease of our time? Edith Stein's contribution to psychotherapeutic practice

Helena Teixiera Respondek, M. A. Psychology, Poland

Stein's Thought on Education as Informed by Thomistic Anthropology

Luke Mohan, St. Joseph's Seminary, Dunwoodie, Yonkers, New York, USA

Table 1.5

Edith Stein and the Teaching of Design and Innovation: Empathy, Community and Human Creative Achievement

Dr. Gabriel J. Costello, Adjunct Lecturer, Atlantic Technological University, Galway City, Ireland

When the Student Surpasses Their Teacher

Prof. Ken Casey, PhD, Hopkinsville Community College, Hopkinsville, Kentucky, USA

13:00hIASPES Assembly


Mr. José Ramón Recuero, Abogado del Estado en el Tribunal Supremo, Spain

Excellency and Magfca. Rector of the Catholic University of Avila, Prof. Dra. María del Rosario Sáez Yuguero,

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*Date of publication of the programme: 25/09/2023


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.

Timetable of the round tables

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