Who was Simone Weil? Paris, February 3rd 1909—Ashford (Kent), August 24th, 1943. Between these two dates elapsed the short life (thirty-four years) of a woman whom we can neither classify nor grasp. She had no private role (she did not marry, she had no children), nor any public role (she taught philosophy in lycées de filles for just a few years, and the education establishment was not pleased with her teaching). She had no colour (at École Normale Supérieure in Paris they called her “the red virgin”, a name which defined a contrast), nor a political idea. She supported the dissident Communist minorities of the Thirties with tangible solidarity, but she never became a member of the Communist Party (at eighteen she began a letter of adherence that remained unfinished in her room for a long time: so her brother André, the great mathematician who just lately died, told me).
- Original Emphasis
- Human Creature
- Factory Life
- Conscious Life
- Absolute Good
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Works of Simone Weil
Attente de Dieu. Pref. Joseph-Marie Perrin. Paris: Fayard, 1966. = AdD.
Cahiers. 3 vols. Rev. and expanded editions. Paris: Plon, 1970, 1972, and 1974, respectively = CI, CII, CIII.
La Condition ouvrière. Foreword by Albertine Thévenon. Paris: Gallimard, Collection Idées, 1951. = CO.
La Connaissance surnaturelle. Paris: Gallimard, Collection Espoir, 1957. = CS.
Écrits de Londres et dernières lettres. Paris: Gallimard, Collection Espoir, 1960. = EdL.
L’Enracinemen prélude à une déclaration des devoirs envers l’être humain. Paris: Gallimard, Collection Espoir, 1960. = E.
Leçons de philosophie (Roanne 1933–1936). Transcribed and introduced by Anne Reynaud-Guérithault. Paris: Plon, Collection 10/18, 1959. = LPh.
Oppression et Liberté. Paris: Gallimard, Collection Espoir, 1955. = OL.
Works about Simone Weil
Fiori, Gabriella, Simone Weil: Biografia di un pensiero. Milan: Garzanti, 1981 1990 and 1997. Collection Gli elefanti-Saggi. 1990 edition cited here. = BIO.
Fiori, Gabriella, Simone Weil: An Intellectual Biography. Trans. Joseph R. Berrigan. Athens, Georgia: The University of Georgia Press, 1989. = BIO USA.
Fiori, Gabriella, Simone Weil: Une Femme absolue. Paris: Éditions du Félin, 1987 and 1993. Collection, Le Temps et les mots 1993 edition cited here. = SW, fa. Pétrement, Simone, La vie de Simone Weil, 2 vols. Paris: Fayard, 1973 and 1979. 1973 edition cited here. = P1, P2.
Cahiers Simone Weil,revue trimestrielle de l’Association pour l’étude de la pensée de Simone Weil, founded in 1972 (5, rue Monticelli, Paris 14e). Vol. I, No. 1, June 1978 (continuing the Bulletin de liaison de l’Association pour l’étude de la pensée de Simone Weil — numbers 1–10, May 1974—January 1978).
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Fiori, G. (1999). Realism and Faith in Transformation Through the Creativeness of a Conscious Life: Simone Weil (1909–1943). In: Tymieniecka, AT. (eds) Life — The Outburst of Life in the Human Sphere. Analecta Husserliana, vol 60. Springer, Dordrecht. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-017-2083-0_30
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