Oppression and Liberty (Routledge Classics)
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Oppression and Liberty (Routledge Classics)

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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

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Paperback, 184 pages
Published May 18th 2001 by Routledge (first published May 1st 1978)
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Rose
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
Ardeshir Sepahsalar
Sep 19, 2008 Ardeshir Sepahsalar rated it 5 of 5 stars
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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 -...more
Matthew
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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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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