The Notebooks of Simone Weil

Author: Simone Weil

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1135649235

Category: History

Page: 656

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Simone Weil (1909-1943) was a defining figure of the twentieth century; a philosopher, Christian, resistance fighter, anarchist, feminist, Labour activist and teacher. She was described by T. S. Eliot as 'a woman of genius, of a kind of genius akin to that of the saints', and by Albert Camus as 'the only great spirit of our time'. Originally published posthumously in two volumes, these newly reissued notebooks, are among the very few unedited personal writings of Weil's that still survive today. Containing her thoughts on art, love, science, God and the meaning of life, they give context and meaning to Weil's famous works, revealing an unique philosophy in development and offering a rare private glimpse of her singular personality.


Author: Simone Weil

Publisher: London : Routledge


Category: Philosophy

Page: 647

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First and Last Notebooks

Supernatural Knowledge

Author: Simone Weil

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 1498239196

Category: Religion

Page: 384

View: 8787

Introducing the Selected Works of Simone Weil

The Simone Weil Reader

Author: Simone Weil

Publisher: N.A


Category: Philosophy

Page: 529

View: 9862

The immediate and guiding aim of this book is to introduce the contemporary reader to the work and thought of Simone Weil.

Simone Weil

ein Leben

Author: Simone Pétrement

Publisher: Leipziger Universitätsverlag

ISBN: 9783936522846


Page: 753

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Simone Weil

Portrait of a Self-exiled Jew

Author: Thomas R. Nevin

Publisher: Univ of North Carolina Press

ISBN: 0807863599

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 504

View: 7009

Over fifty years after her death, Simone Weil (1909-1943) remains one of the most searching religious inquirers and political thinkers of the twentieth century. Albert Camus said she had a "madness for truth." She rejected her Jewishness and developed a strong interest in Catholicism, although she never joined the Catholic church. Both an activist and a scholar, she constantly spoke out against injustice and aligned herself with workers, with the colonial poor in France, and with the opressed everywhere. She came to believe that suffering itself could be a way to unity with God, and her death at thirty-four has been recorded as suicide by starvation. This extraordinary study is primarily a topography of Weil's mind, but Thomas Nevin is persuaded that her thought is inextricably bound to her life and dramatic times. Thus, he not only addresses her thoughts and her prejudices but examines her reasons for entertaining them and gives them a historical focus. He claims that to Weil's generation the Spanish War, the Popular Front, the ascendance of Hitlerism, and the Vichy years were not mere backdrops but definitive events. Nevin explores in detail not only matters of continuing interest, such as Weil's leftist politics and her attempt to embrace Christianity, but also hitherto unexamined aspects of her life and work which permit a deeper understanding of her: her writings on science, her work as a poet and dramatist, and her selective friendships. The thread uniting these topics is her struggle to maintain her independence as a free thinker while resisting community such as Judaism could have offered her. Her intellectual struggles eloquently reveal the desperate isolation of Jews torn between the lure of assimilation and the tormented dignity of their communal history. Nevin's massive research draws on the full range of essays, notebooks, and fragments from the Simone Weil archives in Paris, many of which have never been translated or published. Originally published in 1991. A UNC Press Enduring Edition -- UNC Press Enduring Editions use the latest in digital technology to make available again books from our distinguished backlist that were previously out of print. These editions are published unaltered from the original, and are presented in affordable paperback formats, bringing readers both historical and cultural value.

Spiritual guides for today

Evelyn Underhill, Dorothy Day, Karl Rahner, Simone Weil, Thomas Merton, Henri Nouwen

Author: Annice Callahan

Publisher: Crossroad Pub Co


Category: Religion

Page: 176

View: 2927

Biographical and critical interpretations of six contemporary women and men who can be spiritual guides for us as we struggle to live a faith that challenges us to discover God in our own hearts, in others, and in the world. With notes and bibliographies for each chapter.

The Religious Philosophy of Simone Weil

An Introduction

Author: Lissa McCullough

Publisher: I.B.Tauris

ISBN: 178076796X

Category: Philosophy

Page: 288

View: 6816

The French philosopher Simone Weil (1909-1943), a contemporary of Simone de Beauvoir and Jean-Paul Sartre, remains in every way a thinker for our times. She was an outsider, in multiple senses, defying the usual religious categories: at once atheistic and religious; mystic and realist; sceptic and believer. She speaks therefore to the complex sensibilities of a rationalist age. Yet despite her continuing relevance, and the attention she attracts from philosophy, cultural studies, feminist studies, spirituality and beyond, Weil's reflections can still be difficult to grasp, since they were expressed in often inscrutable and fragmentary form. Lissa McCullough here offers a reliable guide to the key concepts of Weil's religious philosophy: good and evil, the void, gravity, grace, beauty, suffering and waiting for God. In addressing such distinctively contemporary concerns as depression, loneliness and isolation, and in writing hauntingly of God's voluntary 'nothingness', Weil's existential paradoxes continue to challenge and provoke. This is the first introductory book to show the essential coherence of her enigmatic but remarkable ideas about religion.

The SPCK Introduction to Simone Weil

Author: Stephen Plant

Publisher: SPCK

ISBN: 0281062870

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 128

View: 9498

Simone Weil was one of the most original philosophers and political thinkers of the twentieth century. During her life her writings were almost unknown beyond a few close friends, only after her death at the age of thirty four did her work reach a wider audience, including Pope John XXIII, Pope Paul VI, Simone de Beauvoir, Leon Trotsky and Iris Murdoch. Weil was born in 1909 to non-practicing Jewish parents and was an agnostic until her late twenties when she became a Christian. She had a refreshing creativity and a rare ability to confront theological complacencies. As well as writing on suffering she also wrote about the nature of God, the nature of work and the importance of improving conditions for factory workers, and about our duty towards our community. She could get to the heart of some key philosophical, theological and ethical issues, many of which are as important today as they were in her own time. Here, Stephen Plant makes Weil's often complex and challenging thought accessible to a wide audience. He sketches a few of the central themes of Weil's thought, gives the reader a feeling for the breadth of her work and provides short extracts from her writings. This revised and expanded edition is an ideal introduction to Weil for both students and the general reader.

Lectures on Philosophy

Author: Simone Weil

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521293334

Category: Philosophy

Page: 232

View: 9163

Simone Weil's Leons de Philosophie are derived from a course she taught at the lyce for girls at Roanne in 1933–4. Anne Reynaud-Gurithault was a pupil in the class; her notes are not a verbatim record but are a very full and, as far as one can judge, faithful rendering, often catching the unmistakable tone of Simone Weil's voice as well as the force and the directness of her thought. The lectures form a good general introduction to philosophy, ranging widely over problems about perception, mind, language, reasoning and problems in moral and political philosophy too. Her method of presentation is a characteristic combination of abstract argument, personal experience and literary or historical reference. Peter Winch points out in his introduction to the book some of the more systematic connections in her philosophical work (and between this philosophical work and her other concerns), and makes a number of suggestive comparisons between Simone Weil and Wittgenstein. The translation is by Hugh Price from the Plon edition of 1959. Dr Price has added some notes to explain references in the text that might be unfamiliar to English speaking students beginning philosophy.

Simone Weil

A Fellowship in Love

Author: Jacques Cabaud

Publisher: London, Harvill P


Category: WEIL, SIMONE,1909-1943

Page: 392

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Simone Weil

Thinking Poetically

Author: Joan Dargan

Publisher: SUNY Press

ISBN: 9780791442234

Category: Philosophy

Page: 148

View: 7113

Situates Weil’s writing within the French literary tradition, and recognizes her as a master stylist.

World Outside the Window

The Selected Essays of Kenneth Rexroth

Author: Kenneth Rexroth

Publisher: New Directions Publishing

ISBN: 9780811210256

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 326

View: 2136

Essays on poetry and society from the 1930's to the 1970's covering a wide variety of artists and issues from alchemy to jazz to Eastern influences on Western literature

Gravity and Grace

Author: Simone Weil

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 9780415290012

Category: Philosophy

Page: 183

View: 9068

Gravity and Grace was the first ever publication by the remarkable thinker and activist, Simone Weil. In it Gustave Thibon, the farmer to whom she had entrusted her notebooks before her untimely death, compiled in one remarkable volume a compendium of her writings that have become a source of spiritual guidance and wisdom for countless individuals. On the fiftieth anniversary of the first English edition - by Routledge & Kegan Paul in 1952 - this Routledge Classics edition offers English readers the complete text of this landmark work for the first time ever, by incorporating a specially commissioned translation of the controversial chapter on Israel. Also previously untranslated is Gustave Thibon's postscript of 1990, which reminds us how privileged we are to be able to read a work which offers each reader such 'light for the spirit and nourishment for the soul'. This is a book that no one with a serious interest in the spiritual life can afford to be without.