"Is" and "ought" reconciled. The contribution of Steins essentialism and existentialism to postmodern ethics.

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talkScientific


The is-ought-conclusion is – according to David Hume – forbidden. But the is-ought-question rises at each moment thinking is transferred into action: an “is” is set into being, preserved or destroyed. This is where ethics is needed. All depends on how one understands the “is”. Thomas of Aquinas considered it as the essence – and so does Edith Stein. The “ought” is in Thomas given by creation; Stein gains it by taking into account the value which she reveals by an existential approach. By revealing the essence, the “truth” of this thing, and its existential relevance, the “value”, Stein justifies two major aspects which need to be regained in postmodern ethics.
Period9 Jun 2017
Event titleApplications & Implications: Ethics and Metaphysics in Edith Stein’s Philosophy: Fourth Bi-Annual International Conference
Event typeConference
LocationPortland, United States, Oregon
Degree of RecognitionInternational


  • existentialism
  • essentialism
  • Edith Stein
  • postmodernity
  • epistemology