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Mad. reading her is like being confronted by some prophet newly touched by god, at one moment incredible, the next, I want to throw stones at her so she’ll go away.
Perhaps she is simply not for me, or more interesting to read about than to read. This anthology consists of a few essays interspersed with selections from Gravity and Grace. No one piece stood out as a whole to me, not even War and the Iliad which I had read before and had found, ahem, interesting, perhaps a sign, that sigh, it was n
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Have you ever wondered about God? Yeah, me neither. But this book is still good.
A wonderful collection that more people on goodreads should read. Weil really deserves to be as popular as the other 19th/20th century moralist-essayist-thinkers who left incomplete or fragmented works behind them (think: Nietzsche, Benjamin), but she has the real disadvantage of just saying what she means in a clear, concise way, rather than leaving thousands of hermeneutical puzzles for us to work through.
Not everything in here is perfect, of course, but the long essays, in particular, are gr
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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
لا قيمة للقانون مجرداً لأن قيمته ترتبط دائماً بالواجب الذي يسعى إلى تحقيقه والغاية من الواجب في مجال الأشياء الإنسانية هي الإنسان في حد ذاته لأن هناك واجباً نحو كل إنسان لمجرد أنه كائن إنساني…
لم تجر العادة على أن تغزو الأفكار العلمية الكبيرة العالم مايحصل في الأعم الأغلب هو أن خصوم فكرة جديدة ينتهي بهم الأمر إلى الموت وأن الجيل الصاعد يتأقلم عليها وهكذا تختفي النظريات العلمية على طريقة الأزياء الرجالية في القرن السابع عشر من يتأمل هذه العبارات جيداً لن يقول أبداً “يؤكد العلم أنّ..” فالعلم صامت
“A kind of genius akin to that of a saint.” T. S. Eliot
“Weil was the only great spirit of our time.” Albert Camus
“One of the most brilliant and original minds of twentieth-century France…a woman of transcendent intellectual gifts and the widest learning.” Barbara Hardwick
The Needs of the Soul
The Power of Words
The Iliad or the Poem of Force
Draft for a Statement of Human Obligations
Prerequisite to Dignity of Labour
I didn’t actually read the whole book, just the essay “Human Personality.” The essay is a powerful critique of the evasion at the heart of discursively produced ethical and legal frameworks. She is specifically concerned with articulating the possibility (already present in Ancient Greek society) of a view of justice and injustice that does not necessitate an appeal to rights. Weil is not advocating that we abandon the notion of rights, or that we cease to mediate many of our most important conf
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In reply to Simone de Beauvoir’s suggestion that the main problem in life was not to make people happy but to discover the reason for their existence, Simone Weil said it was easy to see she had never been hungry.
It is impossible to feel pride in one’s intelligence at the moment when one really and truly exercises it.
Each collectivity is unique. There is an obligation to preserve its roots in the past to the extent that it provides sustenance for a certain number of people. But if the co
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This tore me apart ! I didn’t understand most of it at all! A prophet speaking with such sumptuous certainty! Her vision of god is the most compelling and wild I’ve ever read.
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“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.
Weil writes with both measured rationality and a deeply hopeful faith, and her political commentary is frighteningly relevant to our time.
Great book! Although I could not always follow Weil’s train of thought in these essays, there was plenty to contemplate. Rather than writing a review, what follows are merely quotes which stood out to me:
At the bottom of the heart of every human being, from earliest infancy until the tomb, there is something that goes on indomitably expecting, in the teeth of all experience of crimes committed, suffered, and witnessed, that good and not evil will be done to him. It is this above all that is sacr
Simone Weil’s voluminous writing, a generous portion of which is collected in Siân Miles’s superbly edited Simone Weil: An Anthology, engages politics, religion, literature, factory work, and metaphysics in sharp and surprising ways. Weil’s essays, letters, and prose meditations are illuminating, enigmatic, and troubling, for they stir up the questions that haunt our own lives, but that, drowned by the business of our days, seldom break the surface of our attention. Reading her brilliant conside
“At the bottom of the heart of every human being, from earliest infancy until the tomb, there is something that goes on indomitably expecting, in the teeth of all experience of crimes committed, suffered, and witnessed, that good and not evil will be done to him. It is this above all that is sacred in every human being.”
Deeply insightful and enjoyable; a perfect introduction to a radical, refreshing mind. Her observations of her own time (as a French Jew in the heat of WWII) are startlingly rele
Simone Weil is a wonder to me. Her writing has always set my mind on fire and inspired me. I’m so in awe of her work that I went ahead and had a painting made of her to put in my office. I find her essays on faith, especially the later works, to be her most transcendent. The earlier works in which she participated in heavy Marxist dialectic – a dialectic she eventually called crude and immature – are also fun to read, and a window into a different movement of anti-fascist thinkers.
Reading Simone Weil is like talking with an older sister who can tell me I need to get my mind right. Her relentless focus on the reality of what exists in the world, and not in imagination, felt needed.
“In reply to Simone de Beauvoir’s suggestion that the main problem in life was not to make people happy but to discover the reason for their existence, Simone Weil said it was easy to see she has never been hungry.” – Siân Miles
“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
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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
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Weil sensitively discusses power, language, friendship, choice and art; her philosophy is accessible yet complex.
Has a good variety of her writings.
حتى تتمعن بأفكار الفيلسوفة سيمون فايل فعليك أن تكون ملماً جيداً بمبادئ وأساسيات الفلسفة عدا ذلك لا أنصحكم بقراءة الكتاب ..!
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