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Philosopher, theologian, critic, sociologist, political activist -- Simone Weil was among the foremost thinkers of our time. Best known in this country for her theological writing, Weil wrote on a great variety of subjects ranging from classical philosophy and poetry, to modern labor, to the language of political discourse. The present anthology offers a generous collectio ...more
Paperback, 304 pages
Published August 18th 2000 by Grove Press (first published September 1986)
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Have you ever wondered about God? Yeah, me neither. But this book is still good.
I love the way Simone Weil thinks, which naturally may bias my review. The collection of essays, including one of her most powerful, in my opinion: "The Iliad, or the Poem of Force." Is also included. She was truly a mind ahead of her time, and though and though the anthology spans only 278 pages, it takes quite a bit of time to read on account of the contemplation that is necessary when reading her work. I wish more of her work was available (on a budget) in translation. The topics covered in t ...more
Jun 08, 2013 Mark added it
"Love is not consolation, it is light....Belief in the existence of other human beings as such is love."

If I had read Simone Weil when I was in high school, who knows: I might actually have gone Catholic. As it is my soul goes singing with her as I read; or, I suppose, chanting.
"But agreement and rejection are secondary: what matters is to make contact with a great soul."

more or less. she seems like a fascinating individual, will pick up some of her other books later.
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"What is dangerous about the imagination is its power to prevent the mind from encountering head on the notion of limit. The imagination tends to consecrate, sanctify and privatize experience. We speak of capturing the imagination and the idea of possession is always present in it. Reciprocally we say that a work of art has 'captured the spirit' of something. This is because the painter has imposed upon imagination the idea of limit which is provided by work.

Balance, or perfect equilibrium in th
Simone Weil is brilliant. I had the essay The Illiad or the Poem of Force as a tiny pamphlet. It's ridiculous of me but I could not read it until I had it bound in a proper paperback. The essay can be seen as an interpretation/clarification of Hegel's dialectic of the master and the bondsman, through the eyes of a Jewish woman who came of age between the first and second world wars in Europe. I'm now reading a different piece where she brings out her criticism of the political culture of The Rom ...more
I read Weil's essay, "The Power of Words," for a paper I'm I'm writing about the rhetoric of the university. Her idea of words with capital letters is so relevant for us today, politically, socially, anywhere people are speaking really. Words with capital letters are words that have no referent. They're empty and yet we come to believe they mean so much without ever asking for clarification. Words like nation, security, terrorist, freedom, national interests, excellence, culture: these are examp ...more
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حتى تتمعن بأفكار الفيلسوفة سيمون فايل فعليك أن تكون ملماً جيداً بمبادئ وأساسيات الفلسفة عدا ذلك لا أنصحكم بقراءة الكتاب ..!
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Has a good variety of her writings.
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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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