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PERES, Savio Passafaro. The notion of motivation in Edith Steins's thought. Rev. abordagem gestalt. [online]. 2019, vol.25, n.3, pp. 294-301. ISSN 1809-6867.

The theme of motivation and psychic causality was extensively analyzed, from the phenomenological method, by Edith Stein. A detailed discussion of this topic can be found in his Contributions to a Philosophical Foundation of Psychology and the Sciences of the Spirit, published in the year 1922. In this work, Stein shows how the concept of motivation is necessary to understand the linkage of the human person with sociocultural reality. One of the central theses of the work is that the life of consciousness cannot be adequately addressed by the natural-scientific method, since it uses only the concept of natural causation and not the concept of motivation. In this article, I intend to present some central topics of Stein's discussions about the concept of "motivation", placing them in the light of Husserlian thinking. Finally, I will try to show its importance for the epistemological foundation of psychology.

Palavras-chave : Phenomenology; Phenomenological psychology; Motivation; Causality.

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