Edith Stein

1891 - 1942

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Edith Stein, OCD (religious name: Teresa Benedicta of the Cross; 12 October 1891 – 9 August 1942) was a German Jewish philosopher who converted to Catholicism and became a Discalced Carmelite nun. She is canonized as a martyr and saint of the Catholic Church; she is also one of six patron saints of Europe. She was born into an observant Jewish family, but had become an agnostic by her teenage years. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Edith Stein has received more than 1,573,194 page views. Her biography is available in 59 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 55 in 2019). Edith Stein is the 144th most popular philosopher (down from 139th in 2019), the 214th most popular biography from Germany (down from 191st in 2019) and the 23rd most popular German Philosopher.

Edith Stein was a German-Jewish philosopher and a convert to Catholicism. She is most famous for her work on the phenomenology of religion.

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Among philosophers, Edith Stein ranks 144 out of 1,267Before her are Martin Buber, Wilhelm Dilthey, Giambattista Vico, Hans Kelsen, Porphyry, and Emanuel Swedenborg. After her are Alexander Gottlieb Baumgarten, Christian Wolff, Hippasus, Max Stirner, György Lukács, and Louis Althusser.

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Among people born in 1891, Edith Stein ranks 10Before her are B. R. Ambedkar, Sergei Prokofiev, Mikhail Bulgakov, Walter Model, Max Ernst, and Nelly Sachs. After her are James Chadwick, John Howard Northrop, Pär Lagerkvist, Henry Miller, Otto Dix, and Rudolf Carnap. Among people deceased in 1942, Edith Stein ranks 5Before her are Stefan Zweig, Reinhard Heydrich, Janusz Korczak, and Robert Musil. After her are José Raúl Capablanca, Bronisław Malinowski, Anton Drexler, Jean Baptiste Perrin, Lucy Maud Montgomery, William G. Morgan, and Richard Willstätter.

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Among people born in Germany, Edith Stein ranks 214 out of 7,253Before her are Gebhard Leberecht von Blücher (1742), Otto III, Holy Roman Emperor (980), Helmuth von Moltke the Elder (1800), Carl Ritter (1779), Werner von Siemens (1816), and Pope Clement II (1005). After her are Albert, Prince Consort (1819), Frank-Walter Steinmeier (1956), Ludwig Erhard (1897), Alexander Gottlieb Baumgarten (1714), Maximilian I Joseph of Bavaria (1756), and Justus von Liebig (1803).


Among philosophers born in Germany, Edith Stein ranks 23Before her are Johann Friedrich Herbart (1776), Hans-Georg Gadamer (1900), Friedrich Fröbel (1782), Baron d'Holbach (1723), Oswald Spengler (1880), and Wilhelm Dilthey (1833). After her are Alexander Gottlieb Baumgarten (1714), Max Stirner (1806), Max Scheler (1874), Herbert Marcuse (1898), Carl Schmitt (1888), and Ferdinand Tönnies (1855).