Ros Schwartz, trans., Knopf (forthcoming 2022).
- Ronald KL Collins
- Simone Kotva
- Mario von der Ruhr
- Lawrence Schmidt
- Eric Springsted
Durham, NC: Carolina Academic Press (2022)
New Political Science, July 22, 2021
The 20th-century anarchist philosopher and mystic could point the way forward for today’s right
Slate, May 25, 2021
In 1943, Simone Weil proposed to supersede the declaration of human rights with a declaration of obligations towards every human being’s balancing pairs of body and soul’s needs, for engaging and inspiring more effectively against autocratic and populist currents in times of crisis. We claim that Weil’s proposal, which remains pertinent today, may have been sidestepped because her notion of needs lacked a fundamental dimension of relationality, prominent in the ‘philosophical anthropology’ underlying the (different) visions for a new political ethos of both Judith Butler and Carol Gilligan. From the radical starting point of innate morality common to all three thinkers, we, therefore, indicate how an enriched notion of interlaced needs, encompassing both balance and relationality, may restore the viability of a declaration of human obligations as a robust source of inspiration. In this combination of balance and relationality, Butler’s notion of aggressive nonviolence is key.
Ethics, Politics & Society. A Journal in Moral and Political Philosophy, no. 4 (2021), pp. 175-188.
Simone Weil Center for Political Philosophy
National conservatives need to help create an America that knows who she is, one that can give immigrants more than just a place to get a job—an America that can draw them in, giving them a sense of belonging. This essay is based on remarks delivered at the National Conservatism Conference in Washington, DC, on July 15, 2019.
Excerpt: Simone Weil said in The Need for Roots, “to be rooted is perhaps the most important and least recognized need of the human soul . . . Every human being needs to have multiple roots. It is necessary for him to draw well nigh the whole of his moral, intellectual, and spiritual life by way of the environment of which he forms a natural part.” I see rootedness as something due to every human being, as part of their human dignity. Without it, man is cut off from the very elements that make him who he is.
Public Discourse, July 22, 2019.
See also Luma Simms, “Rootedness and National Identity in the Twenty-First Century,” in Ann Ward, ed., Polis, Nation, Global Community The Philosophic Foundations of Citizenship, New York: Routledge (2022), chapter 9.
Luma Simms, a Fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center, studies the life and thought of immigrants.