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Oppression and Liberty

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The remarkable French thinker Simone Weil is one of the leading intellectual and spiritual figures of the twentieth century. A legendary essayist, political philosopher and member of the French resistance, her literary output belied her tragically short life. Most of her work was published posthumously, to widespread acclaim. Always concerned with the nature of individual

Paperback, 184 pages
Published May 18th 2001 by Routledge (first published 1934)
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Justin Evans
Jul 13, 2016 Justin Evans rated it really liked it
Shelves: philosophy, essays
In some ways a strange collection--the central essay is excellent, and some of the little squibs associated with it here are good, but I'm not sure you need to read the whole thing. The earliest piece suggests that the 20th century would witness a new form of oppression based on bureaucracy; it could be tied to power, as in the USSR or fascist states, and it's perfectly at home in capitalism too, except it eliminates most of the (non-economic) benefits of the latter. What to do given all this? W ...more
Apr 25, 2015 Rose rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-i-own
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
Tonino Mangano
Le riflessioni di Simone Weil sono di una lucidità unica. Nella dissertazione da lei portata avanti si ritrova tutto ciò che si potrebbe volere da un saggio esplicativo chiaro e capillare nella sua analisi.
Simone Weil sviscera in modo capillare i due concetti di libertà e oppressione sociale e delinea una progressione storica dei due concetti che si incastrano nelle varie rivoluzioni storiche che hanno segnato pietre miliare nella storia dello sviluppo del genere umano. Insieme a questi due conc
Ardeshir Sepahsalar
Sep 19, 2008 Ardeshir Sepahsalar rated it it was amazing
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
Jun 01, 2015 Josh Wade rated it it was amazing
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.
Jacob Stubbs
The first and last quarters of this book were extremely interesting. The first quarter covered Weil's presentation of a more social/intellectual division of labor and her comments on the Marxist method, and the last quarter focused on her analysis of Marxism, Christianity, and Platonism. For those two sections, I'd highly recommend the book.

The second and third quarters were a bit long and repetitive, although they also contained interesting material over the role of bureaucratic domination and
--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
Jul 05, 2010 Matthew rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
These are Simone Weil's more radical political writings from before her pursuit of Catholic mysticism began. She is really pretty brilliant here.
Guillaume Frasca
Nov 15, 2011 Guillaume Frasca rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Belle réflexion sur le sens du progrès, sur le pouvoir et la place de la pensée face au simple matériel dans nos sociétés.
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Simone Weil was a French philosopher, Christian mystic, and social activist. Weil was born in Paris to Alsatian agnostic Jewish parents who fled the annexation of Alsace-Lorraine to Germany. Her brilliance, ascetic lifestyle, introversion, and eccentricity limited her ability to mix with others, but not to teach and participate in political movements of her time. She wrote extensively with both in ...more
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