St. Edith Stein (AD 1891-1942) St. Edith Stein was a German philosopher who studied and collaborated with Edmund Husserl, the founder of the phenomenological movement. Born of a Jewish family, she converted to Catholicism and later became a Carmelite nun, taking the name Teresa Benedicta of the Cross. The Nazis arrested her, and she died in Auschwitz on August 9, 1942. In her masterpiece, Finite and Eternal Being, she uses her phenomenological skills to enrich the metaphysics of St. Thomas Aquinas. Sophomores study her thoughts on the human person and the nature of gender difference in Philosophy of the Human Person.