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Oppression and Liberty

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Oppression and Liberty is one of Simone Weil's most important books on political theory.Here she discusses political and social oppression, its permanent causes, the way it works and its contemporary forms. Simone Weil's writings on oppression and liberty continue to be as valid and thought-provoking today as they were in her lifetime.
Paperback, 286 pages
Published May 1st 1978 by University of Massachusetts Press
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Ardeshir Sepahsalar
Sep 19, 2008 Ardeshir Sepahsalar rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: devils
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Tracing a shade of amber along the edges of your scar -- Holding onto forgotten beads like skin -- The sound of fallen keys muted under the door -- Us breathing before letting go -- Before the indifference (of time) covets all -- Anemic memories give way to an empty space -- Perhaps a space vast enough to hide longing. -- Here, I paste your letters, a turn of your head -- Add the way you felt at daybreak -- Sleepy lips, eyes wide aware -- I think you're moving in my sphere -
Josh Wade
This is by far the most impressive brief analysis of revolution, Marxist thought, and the possibility, or lack thereof, of social change I have read in a long time. It is worthy of a much longer review which I'll write in the next few days. I am really glad I grabbed this book on a whim. I've heard of Simone Weil but until now my knowledge of her political thought was non-existent.
While I don't necessarily agree with everything she says in the text, I love her reasoning. With some philosophy texts I get the feeling that the writer has never troubled themselves to actually apply their theory to the world around them; Weil, by contrast, interests herself with looking at the evidence presented to her through the world. The only issue I had with it was towards the end, where she justified her points by making claims about god without ever explaining these claims. This I shall ...more
--Prospects: Are we heading for the Proletarian Revolution?

--Reflections Concerning Technocracy, National-Socialism, the U.S.S.R. and Certain Other Matters
--On Lenin's book 'Materialism and Empiriocriticism'

--Reflections Concerning the Causes of Liberty and Social Oppression
--Critique of Marxism
--Analysis of Oppression
--Theoretical Picture of a Free Society
--Sketch of Contemporary Social Life

--Fragments, 1933-1938
--Critical Examination of the Ideas of Revolution and Progress
These are Simone Weil's more radical political writings from before her pursuit of Catholic mysticism began. She is really pretty brilliant here.
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