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Gravity and Grace

ISBN-10: 0803298005
ISBN-13: 9780803298002
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Description: Simone Weil, the French philosopher, political activist, and religious mystic, was little known when she died young in 1943. Four years later the philosopher-farmer Gustave Thibon compiled La pesanteur et la grâce from the notebooks she left in his  More...

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List price: $19.95
Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
Publication date: 11/1/1997
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 236
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.594
Language: English

Simone Weil, the French philosopher, political activist, and religious mystic, was little known when she died young in 1943. Four years later the philosopher-farmer Gustave Thibon compiled La pesanteur et la grâce from the notebooks she left in his keeping. In 1952 this English translation accelerated the fame and influence of Simone Weil. nbsp; The striking aphorisms inGravity and Gracereflect the religious philosophy of Weil’s last years. Written at the onset of World War II, when her health was deteriorating and her left-wing social activism was giving way to spiritual introspection, this masterwork makes clear why critics have called Simone Weil “a great soul who might have become a saint” and “the Outsider as saint, in an age of alienation.”

Born in Paris, Weil came from a highly intellectual family. After a brilliant academic career at school and university, she taught philosophy interspersed with periods of hard manual labor on farms and in factories. Throughout her life she combined sophisticated and scholarly interests with an extreme moral intensity and identification with the poor and oppressed. A twentieth-century Pascal (see Vol. 4), this ardently spiritual woman was a social thinker, sensitive to the crises of modern humanity. Jewish by birth, Christian by vocation, and Greek by aesthetic choice, Weil has influenced religious thinking profoundly in the years since her death. "Humility is the root of love," she said as she questioned traditional theologians and held that the apostles had badly interpreted Christ's teaching. Christianity was, she thought, to blame for the heresy of progress. During World War II, Weil starved herself to death, refusing to eat while victims of the war still suffered.

Thomas R. Nevin is author of Irving Babbitt: An Intellectual Study.

Introduction
Gravity and Grace Void and Compensation
To Accept the Void Detachment Imagination
Which Fills the Void Renunciation
Of Time To Desire Without An Object
The Self Decreation Self-Effacement
Necessity And Obedience
Illusions Idolatry Love Evil Affliction Violence
The Cross Balance And Lever
The Impossible Contradiction
The Distance Between The Necessary and the Good Chance
He Whom We Must Love Is Absent Atheism
As A Purification Attention
And Will Training Intelligence and Grace Readings
The Ring Of Gyges
Meaning of the Universe Metaxu Beauty Algebra
The Social Imprint
The Great Beast Social Harmony
The Mysticism of Work

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