Introduction

Inside Issue 3: New and Forthcoming

Ronald KL Collins
Jane Doering & Simona Giurgea in a recent event in Lewes, Delaware,

Forthcoming

Among other things, the next issue will contain:

— A Q&A Interview with Jacques Cabaud

— “Unfinished: On Venice Saved – A Q&A with Silvia Panizza and Philip Wilson”

— Brenna Moore, “The Intimacy and Resilience of Invisible Friendship: Marie Magdeleine Davy and Simone Weil”

New in this issue

In this issue, we are pleased to post our geographical timeline – that is, a list of the countries, cities, and regions in which Simone Weil grew up and later traveled to in her lifetime. As with the technological creation of the site, we thank Sam Shelton, Scott Rier, and Joanna Ng at KINETIK for their help in constructing the geographical timeline once we provided the requisite information.

New Topical Tags (in Explore tab)

Commentary

Review: Meaney-Kotva Exchange

Book Review Essays

New Resource

Call for Papers

New Books

New Books from Abroad

If the most important philosophical figure of the twentieth century was a woman, it would be Simone Weil (1909-1943), as we begin to discern today. ?By traveling through the places through which she passed, this book attempts to reconstruct the intellectual and spiritual path of Simone Weil. To each place, which constitutes a mental moment, is attached a major questioning of her work, so that at the end the thought of the philosopher appears in its entirety: it is first of all a philosophy of the mind where the miracle of thought lies in the mystery of the inspirations that cross us. But Simone Weil can only follow the thread of her thoughts if she confronts the current events of her time, from 1929 to 1943, and through the very different social circles where she sows trouble (from syndicalism to free France in London, through the world of factories, the Spanish War, the exodus of French Jews) and the meetings she makes.

It is a thought both very inner (mystical even) and completely open to the economic, social and political problems of a slice of History that these pages try to reconstruct from the concrete geography that his life draws. However, the book refuses to enclose Simone Weil in her time and takes the risk of updating her thinking by questioning what has become of the countryside, the cities and the countries she has crossed, until making an inventory of the situation of France today. A reading of places from his thought; a reading of his thought through the places.

Abstract: A persistent controversy pursues the memory of Simone Weil about the alleged “anti-Semitism” in some of her writings. It is a fact that, within the framework of the spiritual evolution that led Simone Weil to approach Christianity, she made some harsh remarks on the religion of the Hebrews, since her project was to purge the Christian religion of its Jewish imprint  in favor of its Greek component. Can such anti-Hebraism be equated with anti-Semitism? The question continues to surface on a regular basis. Robert Chenavier, who edited the last published volumes of the Works of Simone Weil, methodically takes up the matter, on the basis of his intimate knowledge of the author’s thought, in order to dispel once and for all the fallacies and interpretations that fuel this accusation. He examines in particular the text of Simone Weil considered to be the most “anti-Semitic,” which she wrote while in London, this in connection with her work for the Free French. This book will be the definitive work on the subject. {translation adapted from Intelligent Translator app} 

New Articles

Newly Posted Articles 

New Book Reviews

Newly Posted Book Review 

Newly Posted Online Dissertations

Alain (Emile Chartier)

New Video 

New Video from Abroad  

  • Antonio Gnoli, Teresa Forcades e Roberto Esposito, “Simone Weil,” Festival della Politica 2021, YouTube (Sept. 15, 2021)

Recommended Reading 

New Event

Simone Weil denkkollektiv to host “What Becomes of Agency in a More-Than-Human World?

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