Women and the Intellectual Life

Is the twenty-first-century woman different from her male counterparts in any unique or substantial way? The feminist movement began with a radical claim: women are suited for every profession. Against this claim, opponents argued that women were capable of only one crucially important vocation – the making and care of home and family. Almost two centuries later, these two categories continue to narrowly define the “successful woman.” But is this dichotomy the only choice? This seminar will examine a third and less traveled road. It will call into question both assumptions by exploring the writings of philosopher
Edith Stein, who, following a religious conversion, offered an alternative path to feminine fulfillment. For copies of the short readings, please contact director@binst.org.

Dates: Tuesdays on 2.19, 2.26, 3.5, 3.12
Time: 5:30-7:00pm

Discussion Schedule:

2/19: “No Happy Harmony” and “Womanhood
2/26: “The Ethos of Women’s Professions”
3/5: “The Significance of Women’s Intrinsic Value”
3/12: “Women’s Life in Light of Eternity” and Josef Pieper, “Concupiscence of the Eyes

All Edith Stein are readings are from her collection, Essays on Woman.

Location: 2134 Allston Way

**This seminar is free and open to all Cal, GTU, and St. Mary’s students.


Amada Beltran Doctoral candidate in History at UC Berkeley

Kate Arenchild Undergraduate at St. Mary’s College