Peter Winch: ‘Unity: Presupposition or Demand?’

Steven Burns read

This is a translation of a paper which the late Peter Winch wrote in German for a 1987 conference. He deals with fundamental issues in ethics, especially with the Wittgensteinian idea that “primitive reactions” play a crucial role in the formation of moral concepts. It also responds to an important objection, namely that primitive reactions can be as much immoral as moral. Ranging as it does over Winch’s interests in Wittgenstein, Simone Weil and Plato, the paper can serve as a concise introduction to Winch’s work.

Philosophical Investigations, vol. 44, no. 2 (July 9, 2021)


Simone Weil Bibliography

Saundra Lipton read

Although Simone Weil died very young at age 34, her essays and notebooks have been the topic of a significant volume of scholarship from a wide variety of disciplines including Religion, Philosophy, Literature, Nursing, Political Science, History, Psychology, Education, and Business.  However, the last comprehensive bibliography of critical works on Simone Weil compiled by J.P. Little, dates back to 1973 with a supplement in 1979 and a small update in 1995.  The diversity and range of this ongoing scholarship make an updated comprehensive bibliography critically important for those writing on Weil and her work.

Saundra Lipton, University of Calgary, and Debra Jensen, Mount Royal University have been active collaborators (till Debra’s untimely death July 15, 2012) in the compilation of a comprehensive bibliography of scholarly works on Simone Weil.  The goal of this project is to provide a valuable service to scholars and students in many fields by facilitating access to Weilian resources across disciplinary, geographic, and linguistic divides.  Publications worldwide have been surveyed. Over 5500 works have been discovered.  This online version of the bibliography currently lists more than 5000 book, essays, journal articles, and theses.

I dedicate my continuing efforts on this project to the memory of my dear friend and colleague Debra Jensen.

University of Calgary online library of resources


Simone Weil and Continental Philosophy

A. Rebecca Rozelle-Stone

London: Rowman & Littlefield International


The Relevance of the Radical: Simone Weil 100 Years Later

A. Rebecca Rozelle-Stone & Lucian Stone

New York: Continuum (preface by Jacques Cabaud)


The Beauty that Saves: Essays on the Aesthetics and Language in Simone Weil

John M. Dunaway & Eric Springsted

Macon, GA: Mercer University Press (foreword by Vladimir Volkoff)


Essay on the Notion of Reading

Rebecca Fine Rose and Timothy Tessin, trans., Philosophical Investigations vol. 13, no. 4: 2pp, 97-303


Formative Writings: 1929–1941

Dorothy Tuck McFarland & Wilhelmina Van Ness, ed., University of Massachusetts Press


Mysticism, Nihilism, Feminism: New Critical Essays on the Theology of Simone Weil

Thomas Idinopolus, & Josephine Knopp, eds.

Johnson City, TN: Institution of Social Studies and Arts


Two Moral Essays by Simone Weil—Draft for a Statement of Human Obligations & Human Personality

Simone Weil

Ronald Hathaway, ed., Pendle Hill Pamphlet, Richard Rhees trans.