Edith Stein

1891 - 1942

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Edith Stein (religious name Saint Teresia Benedicta a Cruce ; also known as Saint Teresa Benedicta of the Cross or Saint Edith Stein; 12 October 1891 – 9 August 1942) was a German Jewish philosopher who converted to Christianity 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 1,082,553 page views. Her biography is available in 53 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 50 in 2019). Edith Stein is the 136th most popular philosopher, the 180th most popular biography from Germany (up from 186th in 2019) and the 20th 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 136 out of 1,089Before her are Herbert Marcuse, Ramon Llull, Al-Tabari, Jiddu Krishnamurti, Emanuel Swedenborg, and Leucippus. After her are Johann Friedrich Herbart, György Lukács, Isocrates, Clement of Alexandria, Baron d'Holbach, and Wilhelm Dilthey.

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Among people born in 1891, Edith Stein ranks 8Before her are Karl Dönitz, Sergei Prokofiev, Antonio Gramsci, Mikhail Bulgakov, Max Ernst, and Walter Model. After her are James Chadwick, Henry Miller, Pär Lagerkvist, Otto Dix, B. R. Ambedkar, and Rudolf Carnap. Among people deceased in 1942, Edith Stein ranks 6Before her are Stefan Zweig, Reinhard Heydrich, Janusz Korczak, Lucy Maud Montgomery, and Bronisław Malinowski. After her are Robert Musil, José Raúl Capablanca, William G. Morgan, Anton Drexler, Jean Baptiste Perrin, and Robert Bosch.

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Among people born in Germany, Edith Stein ranks 180 out of 5,289Before her are Caroline of Ansbach (1683), Werner von Siemens (1816), Levi Strauss (1829), Emmy Noether (1882), Gotthold Ephraim Lessing (1729), and Jacob Grimm (1785). After her are Karl Ferdinand Braun (1850), Conrad III of Germany (1093), Wilhelm Canaris (1887), Adolf Dassler (1900), Karl Liebknecht (1871), and Ernst Ludwig Kirchner (1880).


Among philosophers born in Germany, Edith Stein ranks 20Before her are Friedrich Fröbel (1782), Wilhelm von Humboldt (1767), Meister Eckhart (1260), Hans-Georg Gadamer (1900), Oswald Spengler (1880), and Herbert Marcuse (1898). After her are Johann Friedrich Herbart (1776), Baron d'Holbach (1723), Wilhelm Dilthey (1833), Rudolf Christoph Eucken (1846), Adam Weishaupt (1748), and Carl Schmitt (1888).