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Simone Weil:

Simone Weil: "The Just Balance"

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Part of Modern European Philosophy

  • Date Published: March 1989
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521317436

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  • This book examines the religious, social, and political thought of Simone Weil in the context of the rigorous philosophical thinking out of which it grew. It also explores illuminating parallels between these ideas and ideas that were simultaneously being developed by Ludwig Wittgenstein. Simone Weil developed a conception of the relation between human beings and nature which made it difficult for her to explain mutual understanding and justice. Her wrestling with this difficulty coincided with a considerable sharpening of her religious sensibility, and led to a new concept of the natural and social orders involving a supernatural dimension, within which the concepts of beauty and justice are paramount. Professor Winch provides a fresh perspective on the complete span of Simone Weil's work, and discusses the fundamental difficulties of tracing the dividing line between philosophy and religion.

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    • Date Published: March 1989
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521317436
    • length: 248 pages
    • dimensions: 222 x 145 x 20 mm
    • weight: 0.337kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Acknowledgements
    1. Introduction
    2. The Cartesian background
    3. The sensations of the present moment
    4. 'La simple perception de la nature est une sorte de danse'
    5. Language
    6. Necessity
    7. Equilibrium
    8. 'Completely free action'
    9. The power to refuse
    10. 'The void'
    11. Geometry
    12. Incommensurability
    13. Beauty
    14. Justice
    15. 'A supernatural virtue'?
    Notes
    Bibliography
    Index.

  • Author

    Peter Winch

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