Commentaries
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The Continuing Legacy of Simone Weil

David Pollard

Lanham, MD: Hamilton Books

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Mystic of Passion and Compassion

Maria Clara Bingemer

Karen M. Kraft, trans., foreword by Tomeu Estelrich, Eugene, OR: Cascade Books

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Attention to the Real

Robert Chenavier

Bernard E. Doering, trans., Notre Dame, IND: University of Notre Dame Press

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A Truer Liberty: Simone Weil and Marxism

Lawrence A. Blum & Victor J. Seidler read

Simone Weil ― philosopher, trade union militant, factory worker ― developed a penetrating critique of Marxism and a powerful political philosophy which serves an alternative both to liberalism and to Marxism. In A Truer Liberty, originally published in 1989, Blum and Seidler show how Simone Weil’s philosophy sought to place political action on a firmly moral basis. The dignity of the manual worker became the standard for political institutions and movements. Weil criticized Marxism for its confidence in progress and revolution and its attendant illusory belief that history is on the side of the proletariat.

Blum and Seidler relate Weil’s work to influential trends in political philosophy today, from analytic Marxism to central traditions within liberal thought. The authors stress the importance of Weil’s work for understanding liberation theology, Catholic radicalism, and, more generally, social movements against oppression which are closely tied to religion and spirituality.

New York: Routledge Revivals, 2010

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Simone Weil’s Apologetic Use of Literature: Her Christological Interpretations of Ancient Greek Texts

Marie Cabaud Meaney

New York: Oxford University Press