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Introducing the Selected Works of Simone WeilWeil's many essays written over her short life cover a very wide range of topics. This important collection contains several that have been long unavailable.

Simone Weil's Philosophy of History

This article will be permanently flagged as inappropriate and made unaccessible to everyone. Are you certain this article is inappropriate? Email Address:. After her graduation from formal education, Weil became a teacher. She taught intermittently throughout the s, taking several breaks due to poor health and to devote herself to political activism , work that would see her assisting in the trade union movement, taking the side of the Anarchists known as the Durruti Column in the Spanish Civil War , and spending more than a year working as a labourer, mostly in auto factories, so she could better understand the working class.

Taking a path that was unusual among twentieth-century left-leaning intellectuals, she became more religious and inclined towards mysticism as her life progressed. Weil wrote throughout her life, though most of her writings did not attract much attention until after her death. In the s and s, her work became famous on continental Europe and throughout the English -speaking world.

Her thought has continued to be the subject of extensive scholarship across a wide range of fields. Weil was born in her parents' apartment in Paris on 3 February Her mother was Saolomea Weil and her father Bernard was a medical doctor. Weil was a healthy baby for her first six months, until she had a severe attack of appendicitis —thereafter she struggled with poor health throughout her life.

Their parents were agnostic and fairly affluent, raising their children in an attentive and supportive atmosphere. According to several Weil scholars, such as Eva Fogelman and Robert Coles , this experience may have been related to the exceptionally strong altruism displayed throughout her life.

From her late teenage years, Weil would generally disguise her "fragile beauty" by adopting a masculine appearance, hardly ever using makeup and often wearing men's clothes. Weil was a precocious student, proficient in Ancient Greek by age She later learned Sanskrit after reading the Bhagavad Gita. Like the Renaissance thinker Pico della Mirandola , her interests in other religions were universal and she attempted to understand each religious tradition as an expression of transcendent wisdom.

In she was successful in gaining admission. She finished first in the exam for the certificate of "General Philosophy and Logic"; Simone de Beauvoir finished second. She was called the "Red virgin", [13] and even "The Martian" by her admired mentor.

Weil's most famous works were published posthumously. She often became involved in political action out of sympathy with the working class. In , when she was only six years old, she refused sugar in solidarity with the troops entrenched along the Western Front. In , at 10 years of age, she declared herself a Bolshevik.

In her late teens, she became involved in the workers' movement. She wrote political tracts, marched in demonstrations, and advocated workers' rights. At this time, she was a Marxist , pacifist , and trade unionist. While teaching in Le Puy, she became involved in local political activity, supporting the unemployed and striking workers despite criticism.

Weil had never formally joined the Communist party, and in her twenties she became increasingly critical of Marxism. In , Weil visited Germany to help Marxist activists who were at the time considered to be the strongest and best organised communists in Western Europe, but Weil considered them no match for the then up-and-coming fascists.

When she returned to France, her political friends in France dismissed her fears, thinking Germany would continue to be controlled by the centrists or those to the left.

After Hitler rose to power in , Weil spent much of her time trying to help German communists fleeing his regime. This work criticised popular Marxist thought and gave a pessimistic account of the limits of both capitalism and socialism. Trotsky himself personally responded to several of her articles, attacking both her ideas and her as a person. Weil participated in the French general strike of , called to protest against unemployment and wage cuts.

The following year, she took a month leave of absence from her teaching position to work incognito as a labourer in two factories, one owned by Renault , believing that this experience would allow her to connect with the working class. In , she resumed teaching and donated most of her income to political causes and charitable endeavours.

In , despite her professed pacifism , she fought in the Spanish Civil War on the Republican side. Gorkin refused, saying she would almost certainly be sacrificing herself for nothing, as it would be most unlikely she could pass as a Spaniard. Weil replied that she had "every right" [20] to sacrifice herself if she chose, but after arguing for more than an hour, she was unable to convince Gorkin to give her the assignment.

The unit was part of the French-speaking section of the anarchist militia. From seeing her practice on makeshift shooting ranges, her comrades saw she was a very poor shot and tried to avoid taking her on missions, though she did sometimes insist. Her only direct participation in combat was to shoot with her rifle at a bomber during an air raid; in a second raid, she tried to man the group's heavy machine gun , but her comrades prevented her, as they thought it would be best for someone less clumsy and short-sighted to use the weapon.

After being with the group for a few weeks, she burnt herself over a cooking fire. She was forced to leave the unit, and was met by her parents who had followed her to Spain. They helped her leave the country, to recuperate in Assisi.

About a month after her departure, Weil's unit was nearly wiped out at an engagement in Perdiguera in October , with every woman in the group being killed. Weil was born into a secular household and raised in "complete agnosticism". In her Spiritual Autobiography however, Weil records that she always had a Christian outlook, taking to heart from her earliest childhood the idea of loving one's neighbour.

Weil became attracted to the Christian faith beginning in , the first of three pivotal experiences for her being when she was moved by the beauty of villagers singing hymns during an outdoor service that she stumbled across during a holiday to Portugal.

While in Assisi in the spring of , Weil experienced a religious ecstasy in the Basilica of Santa Maria degli Angeli —the same church in which Saint Francis of Assisi had prayed.

She was led to pray for the first time in her life as Cunningham p. She had another, more powerful, [30] and, from on, her writings became more mystical and spiritual , while retaining their focus on social and political issues. She was attracted to Roman Catholicism , but declined to be baptized ; preferring to remain outside due to "the love of those things that are outside Christianity". Around this time, she met the French Catholic author Gustave Thibon , who later edited some of her work.

Weil did not limit her curiosity to Christianity. She was keenly interested in other religious traditions—especially the Greek and Egyptian mysteries ; Hinduism especially the Upanishads and the Bhagavad Gita ; and Mahayana Buddhism.

She believed that all these and other traditions contained elements of genuine revelation, [34] writing that:. She was, nevertheless, opposed to religious syncretism , claiming that it effaced the particularity of the individual traditions:. In , Weil traveled to the United States of America with her family.

She had been reluctant to leave France , but agreed to do so as she wanted to see her parents to safety and knew they would not leave without her. She was also encouraged by the fact that it would be relatively easy for her to reach Britain from the United States, where she could join the French Resistance.

She had hopes of being sent back to France as a covert agent. She then went to London , where she finally joined the French Resistance.

Older biographies suggest Weil made no further progress in achieving her desire to return to France as an agent—she was limited to desk work in London, although this did give her time to write one of her largest and best known works: The Need for Roots.

In May , plans were underway to send her to Thame Park in Oxfordshire for training, but were cancelled soon after, as her failing health became known. However, she refused special treatment because of her long-standing political idealism and her detachment from material things.

Instead, she limited her food intake to what she believed residents of German-occupied France ate. She most likely ate even less, as she refused food on most occasions. Her condition quickly deteriorated, and she was moved to a sanatorium in Ashford, Kent , England. After a lifetime of battling illness and frailty, Weil died in August from cardiac failure at the age of The coroner's report said that "the deceased did kill and slay herself by refusing to eat whilst the balance of her mind was disturbed".

The exact cause of her death remains a subject of debate. Some claim that her refusal to eat came from her desire to express some form of solidarity toward the victims of the war. Others think that Weil's self-starvation occurred after her study of Schopenhauer. Weil's first English biographer, Richard Rees , offers several possible explanations for her death, citing her compassion for the suffering of her countrymen in Occupied France and her love for and close imitation of Christ.

Rees sums up by saying: "As for her death, whatever explanation one may give of it will amount in the end to saying that she died of love". Weil's philosophy contained elements of both spirituality and politics ; she had both an intensely personal spiritual drive and a social philosophy that emphasized the relationships between individuals and groups.

This intersection of thought developed in her an interest in healing social rifts of the proletariat and providing for the physical and psychological needs of humanity.

Focussing on the materialist philosophical project, she deals with truth not logically or scientifically but psychologically or phenomenologically. Here she discusses the conditions necessary for an experience of truth to emerge for the human subject, or for an object or concept to emerge as real within human experience. However, she does not advocate a general theory of human "truth-production", justified by empirical observation.

Weil combines her background with idealist philosophy with an appreciation of the limits of foundationalism and produced writings such as the following:. The Lectures go on to explore further the disjunction between planning and execution, which is brought about by the division of labor between designer e. For Weil, both self and world are constituted only through informed action upon the world.

Eliot 's preface to The Need for Roots suggests that Simone Weil might be regarded as a modern-day Marcionite , [47] due to her virtually wholesale rejection of the Old Testament and her overall distaste for the Judaism that was technically hers by birth; others have identified her as a gnostic for similar reasons, as well as for her mystical theologization of geometry and Platonist philosophy. However, it has been pointed out that this analysis falls apart when it comes to the creation of the world, for Weil does not regard the world as a debased creation of a demiurge , but as a direct expression of God's love —despite the fact that she also recognizes it as a place of evil, affliction, and the brutal mixture of chance and necessity.

This juxtaposition leads her to produce an unusual form of Christian theodicy. Her niece, Sylvie Weil, and biographer Thomas R. Nevin have sought, on the contrary, to demonstrate that Weil did not reject Judaism and was heavily influenced by its precepts. Absence is the key image for her metaphysics , cosmology , cosmogony , and theodicy.

She believed that God created by an act of self-delimitation—in other words, because God is conceived as a kind of utter fullness, a perfect being, no creature could exist except where God was not. Thus creation occurred only when God withdrew in part. Similar ideas occur in Jewish mysticism. This is, for Weil, an original kenosis emptiness preceding the corrective kenosis of Christ's incarnation cf. We are thus born in a sort of damned position not owing to original sin as such, but because to be created at all we had to be precisely what God is not, i.

See Apophatic theology. This notion of creation is a cornerstone of her theodicy , for if creation is conceived this way as necessarily containing evil within itself , then there is no problem of the entrance of evil into a perfect world.

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New and returning customers must register to create a new account. Translated by Richard Rees. Foreword by Eric O. Purchasing options are not available in this country. Simone Weil was one of the twentieth century's most profound thinkers. In her early years, she was known for her brilliant and biting social commentary, and especially for the year she spent working in three Paris factories.

Косые лучи утреннего солнца падали в башню сквозь прорези в стенах. Беккер посмотрел. Человек в очках в тонкой металлической оправе стоял внизу, спиной к Беккеру, и смотрел в направлении площади. Беккер прижал лицо к прорези, чтобы лучше видеть. Иди на площадь, взмолился он мысленно.

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Теперь он мог принимать заказы в любой точке мира.

Он не хотел, чтобы это зашло так далеко, - говорила она.  - Он хотел нас спасти. Но снова и снова он протягивал руку, так, чтобы люди обратили внимание на кольцо. Он хотел объяснить им, но не .

Беккер посмотрел внимательнее. В свете ламп дневного света он сумел разглядеть под красноватой припухлостью смутные следы каких-то слов, нацарапанных на ее руке. - Но глаза… твои глаза, - сказал Беккер, чувствуя себя круглым дураком.  - Почему они такие красные.

Он постучал. Послышался голос с сильным немецким акцентом: - Ja. Беккер молчал. - Ja. Дверь слегка приоткрылась, и на него уставилось круглое немецкое лицо.

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  1. Elea S.

    The first section of this book consists of Simone Weil's pre-war notebook, which notebook up to the very end; and on the last page she discusses a short story.

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