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The Living Philosophy of Simone Weil

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Albert Camus called the philosopher Simone Weil “the only great spirit of our times.” T.S. Eliot said she was the greatest saint of the 20th century. Charles de Gaulle said she was insane. But who is she and what is the Simone Weil philosophy? Despite dying at the age of 34, Simone Weil lived a life that rivaled any philosopher. And it was the authentic life of a philosopher following her inner compass. She did not fall in with the intellectual milieu of her time by becoming a public intellectual (which was far from a matter of intelligence — she finished 1st in her class for philosophy at France’s elite university the École Normale Supérieure beating out Simone de Beauvoir in second place). She was born into a Jewish family and raised agnostic and yet found herself drawn towards religion; she fought in the Spanish Civil War and worked in factories for a year to understand the working class.

The Living Philosophy (YouTube), June 20, 2021


Hungarian poet János Pilinszky on Simone Weil

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János Pilinszky (27 November 1921 in Budapest – 27 May 1981 in Budapest) was one of the greatest Hungarian poets of the 20th century. Well known within the Hungarian borders for his vast influence on postwar Hungarian poetry, Pilinszky’s style includes a juxtaposition of Roman Catholic faith and intellectual disenchantment. His poetry often focuses on the underlying sensations of life and death; his time as a prisoner of war during the Second World War and later his life under the communist dictatorship furthered his isolation and estrangement.”

YouTube (posted April 2021)


— Gábor Szmeskó,“The History of the Poetic Mind of János Pilinszky.” Hungarian Cultural Studies. e-Journal of the American Hungarian Educators Association, vol. 13 (2020)


“Kaija Saariaho in conversation at the Royal Swedish Opera – ‘As a child, I always imagined music’,”

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Operavision, (interview turns to Simone Weil at 22:07)


Parola e musica nel tempo di Avvento 2021 2°- Simone Weil (thoughts and music for Advent 2021 2°- Simone Weil) {Italian}

Comunita' Pastorale Santi Magi (in colllaborazione con Centro Culturale delle Basiliche) watch
  • Antonio Gargiulo, voce recitante,
  • Matteo Galli, improvvisazioni musicali all’ organo,
  • Chiara Gibillini, elaborazione testi regia,
  • Marco Elli, riprese e montaggio video

Panel Discussion: Theo-Politics, Tragedy and Memory

Nicolai Petro, Susannah Black, Paul Grenier, Matthew Dal Santo, Michael Martin, and Vasily Shchipkov watch

Simone Weil Center for Political Philosophy


“Why You Should Think That God Does Not Exist (Simone Weil, Meister Eckhart, and Thomas Aquinas)”

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