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Simone Weil
On Politics, Religion and Society


May 1998 | 144 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
This book provides a unique presentation of Simone WeilÆs life, work, and her contributions to feminist thought. Long before postmodern or deconstructionist ideas became current, Weil was concerned with recognizing the absence of consistency and the continual presence of reversals and contradictions in life. The struggle to clarify her "reading" of reality and her perceptions of meaning was an ongoing one and she challenged contemporary views on complex issues such as human nature, good and evil, divinity, and truth. In this introduction to Simone WeilÆs ideas, and the political and intellectual circumstances of her work, the authors make WeilÆs complex and at times elusive ideas accessible to readers. They offer their own interpretation of her work and delineate how WeilÆs ideas evolved, while providing compelling excerpts from WeilÆs writings to let her speak for herself. Her work offers a voice for those segments of society that are generally underrepresented, misrepresented, or totally silent in conventional historical and philosophical writings. Simone Weil will be valuable reading for students and academics involved in womenÆs studies, philosophy, psychology, political and social theory, and for anyone with an interest in the life and work of this passionate individual.

Liz Stanley
Preface
 
PART ONE: INTRODUCTION TO SIMONE WEIL
 
Science and Knowledge
The Perceiving Self  
 
The Individual and the Collective
Distortion of Self  
 
The Method of Attention
Construction of Self  
 
Balancing Equality and Freedom
Labor and Politics  
 
Aggression and Oppression
Suffering Selves  
 
Evil and Good
A Move toward God  
 
The Mystical Moment
An Affirmation of God  
 
Decreation
Denial of Self  

`This is a comprehensive and densely informative publication on the works of Simone Weil.' - Journal of Peace Research

`Frost and Bell-Metereau offer a compelling, multi-textured, and "attentive" consideration of many complex questions.' - Association for Integrative Studies Newsletter

`Frost and Bell-Metereau have created an objective and valuable source for organising and explaining the work of Simon Weil' -Psychology of Women Section

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