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Author Bell, Richard H.

Title Simone Weil's philosophy of culture : readings toward a divine humanity / edited and introduced by Richard H. Bell
Published Cambridge [England] ; New York, NY, USA : Cambridge University Press, 1993


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Description xviii, 318 pages ; 24 cm
Contents Machine derived contents note: Part I. Readings: The Grammar of the Divine and the Human: 1. Simone Weil's concept of decreation -- 2. The necessary non-existence of God -- 3. God and concept-formation in Simone Weil -- 4. The concept of reading and the book of nature -- 5. Discernment and the imagination -- 6. On the right use of contradiction according to Simone Weil -- Part II. Readings Toward a Divine Humanity: 7. Rootedness: culture and value -- 8. Simone Weil and the civilization of work -- 9. Reading Simone Weil on rights, justice and love -- 10. The spirit of Simone Weil's law -- 11. Simone Weil on beauty -- 12. Simone Weil and Antigone: innocence and affliction -- 13. Simone Weil: Harbinger of a New Renaissance?
Summary The editor of this volume writes as follows in his introduction: 'Simone Weil's philosophy is one that interrogates and contemplates our culture; it makes us aware of our lack of attention to words and empty ideologies, to human suffering, to the indignity of work, to our excessive use of power, to religious dogmatisms. Rather than set out a system of ideas, Simone Weil uses her philosophical reflections to show how to think about work and oppression, freedom and the good, necessity and power, love and justice - even how to think about, or not think about, God. In this way we are asked to examine the human condition and learn to discern a way through it.'. This is one of the very few books available in English to present a comprehensive interpretation of the philosophy of Simone Weil and how her thought can illuminate issues of contemporary importance such as work, justice, the law, war and peace, and matters of more general theological and moral concern. In addition to focusing on how Weil's thought may apply to social and cultural issues, it offers critical interpretations of the following important notions in her thought: 'reading' (lecture) and 'decreation' (neither of which have been adequately treated or understood hitherto); imagination; beauty; God; and contradiction. Representing a major collaborative venture by distinguished scholars from Europe and North America, this is a book which will be required reading for all those interested in the philosophy of one of the twentieth-century's major thinkers, whose thought continues to have vital relevance to today
Analysis France
Notes Includes bibliographical references and index. Bibliography: p. 310-313
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 310-313) and index
Subject Weil, Simone, 1909-1943.
Culture -- Philosophy -- History -- 20th century.
Author Bell, Richard H.
LC no. 92011490
ISBN 0521432634 (hardback)