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Simone Weil

Simone Weil

 Simone Weil

Simone Weil (3 February 1909-24 August 1943) was a French philosopher, Christian mystic and political activist.

Weil's life was marked by an exceptional compassion for the suffering of others; at the age of six, for instance, she refused to eat sugar after she heard that soldiers fighting in World War I had to go without. She died from tuberculosis during World War II, possibly exacerbated by malnutrition after refusing to eat more than the minimal rations that she believed were available to soldiers at the time.

After her graduation from formal education, Weil became a teacher. She taught intermittently throughout the 1930s, taking several breaks due to poor health and to devote herself to political activism, work that would see her assisting in the trade union movement, taking the side of the Republican faction in the Spanish Civil War, and spending more than a year working as a labourer, mostly in auto factories, so she could better understand the working class.

Taking a path that was unusual among twentieth-century left-leaning intellectuals, she became more religious and inclined towards mysticism as her life progressed. Weil wrote throughout her life, though most of her writings did not attract much attention until after her death. In the 1950s and 1960s, her work became famous on continental Europe and throughout the English-speaking world. Her fame began to decline in the late 1960s and she is now rarely taught at universities, however she is still the object of extensive research.

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French : Politics, Economics, Institutions

Adolescent/Adult

123321 Note sur la suppression générale des partis politiques £3.35
 
003219 Note sur la suppression générale des partis politiques £6.35
 

French : Philosophy, Psychology, Religion

110902 De l'attention £7.20
 
137460 Né pour la liberté £6.25
 
070930 Pensées sans ordre concernant l'amour de Dieu (et autres textes) £3.35
 
144924 Simone Weil : une pensée par jour £6.40
 

French : History

142407 Écrits sur l'Allemagne : 1932-1933 £8.15
 

French : Politics, Economics, Institutions

007392 La condition ouvrière £12.95
 

French : Philosophy, Psychology, Religion

125473 Force et malheur £17.95
 
349565 La pesanteur et la grace £9.95
 

Italian : Classics/Modern Classics

104002 Venezia salva £20.75
 

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