Subversive Simone Weil

By Robert Zaretsky, Zaretsky

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Known as the "e;patron saint of all outsiders,"e; Simone Weil (1909-43) was one of the twentieth century's most remarkable thinkers, a philosopher who truly lived by her political and ethical ideals. In a short life framed by the two world wars, Weil taught philosophy to lycee students and organized union workers, fought alongside anarchists during the Spanish Civil War and labored alongside workers on assembly lines, joined the Free French movement in London and died in despair because she was not sent to France to help the Resistance.Though Weil published little during her life, after her death, thanks largely to the efforts of Albert Camus, hundreds of pages of her manuscripts were published to critical and popular acclaim. While many seekers have been attracted to Weil's religious thought, Robert Zaretsky gives us a different Weil, exploring her insights into politics and ethics, and showing us a new side of Weil that balances her contradictions-the rigorous rationalist who also had her own brand of Catholic mysticism; the revolutionary with a soft spot for anarchism yet who believed in the hierarchy of labor; and the humanitarian who emphasized human needs and obligations over human rights. Reflecting on the relationship between thought and action in Weil's life, The Subversive Simone Weil honors the complexity of Weil's thought and speaks to why it matters and continues to fascinate readers today.  

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EAN

9780226549477

Format

ebook

Author

Robert Zaretsky, Zaretsky

Category

Publisher

University of Chicago Press

Pages

200

Language

eng

Imprint

University of Chicago Press

Published Date

2021-02-23

EAN 9780226549477
Format Ebook
Author Robert Zaretsky, Zaretsky
Category
Publisher University of Chicago Press
Pages 200
Language eng
Imprint University of Chicago Press
Published Date 2021-02-23

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