Mette Lebech

Mette Lebech
Philosophy, National University of Ireland, Maynooth

Mette Lebech lectures in philosophy at the National University of Ireland, Maynooth since 1998. She has lectured and published widely on the idea of Human Dignity, on bioethics and on the philosophy of Edith Stein. In 2006 she defended her thesis The Identification of Human Dignity. Hermeneutic, Eidetic and Constitutional Analyses in the Light of the Phenomenology of Edith Stein in Leuven, Belgium. She is currently the President of the Irish Philosophical Society and the General Editor of its Yearbook.


Paper: "Stein’s Phenomenology of the Body: The constitution of the human being between description of experience and social construction"

Stein’s constitutional analysis of the human body shows how empathy, the act in which we relate to foreign experience, enables us to constitute our own body in parallel with that of the other on a type that can be varied. The body is not fixed but allows for a continuum of interpretations characteristic of different communities. Stein’s analysis combines social constructivism with her phenomenology as it explores the meaning of empathy for the constitution of the being that we are.