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Born in Paris, Weil came from a highly intellectual family. After a brilliant academic career at school and university, she taught philosophy interspersed with periods of hard manual labor on farms and in factories. Throughout her life she combined sophisticated and scholarly interests with an extreme moral intensity and identification with the poor and oppressed. A twentieth-century Pascal (see Vol. 4), this ardently spiritual woman was a social thinker, sensitive to the crises of modern humanity. Jewish by birth, Christian by vocation, and Greek by aesthetic choice, Weil has influenced religious thinking profoundly in the years since her death. "Humility is the root of love," she said as she questioned traditional theologians and held that the apostles had badly interpreted Christ's teaching. Christianity was, she thought, to blame for the heresy of progress. During World War II, Weil starved herself to death, refusing to eat while victims of the war still suffered. (Bowker Author Biography)
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Waiting for God 1,135 copies, 16 reviews
Gravity and Grace 711 copies, 6 reviews
Simone Weil: An Anthology 330 copies, 1 review
War and the Iliad 306 copies, 1 review
Oppression and Liberty 246 copies, 1 review
The Simone Weil Reader 192 copies, 2 reviews
Letter to a Priest 155 copies, 4 reviews
Iliad or the Poem of Force 134 copies, 5 reviews
Lectures on Philosophy 97 copies, 2 reviews
Gateway to God 79 copies
La condition ouvrière 49 copies, 3 reviews
Œuvres choisies 36 copies, 1 review
Venezia salva 26 copies
La connaissance surnaturelle 16 copies, 1 review
La source grecque 14 copies, 2 reviews
Seventy letters 14 copies
Œuvres complètes, vol. I-VI 13 copies, 1 review
L'arte della matematica 12 copies, 1 review
Quaderni vol. 3 10 copies
Poesie 7 copies
Aimer bien 5 copies, 1 review
Wybór pism 2 copies
Myśli 2 copies
Pagine scelte 2 copies
Wrestling with God (Contributor) 1 copy
La balance du monde 1 copy, 1 review
Readings on Homer (Contributor) 14 copies
Conservative Texts: An Anthology (Contributor) 8 copies
Simone Weil (Contributor) 6 copies
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Simone Weil was born into a wealthy Parisian Jewish family originally from the Alsace region. She suffered from ill-health but was a brilliant student, excelling in languages, philosophy, literature, and science. After graduation from the École Normale Supérieure in 1931, she taught at several rural academies, and wrote articles for socialist journals. She was a political idealist, and took a leave of absence to work in a Renault factory in order to become more closely connected with the French working class. She went to Spain in 1936 to fight for the Republic against fascism in the Civil War, but was injured in a cooking fire and also contracted tuberculosis. Weil became heavily involved in Catholicism, having a series of mystical experiences. She traveled to the United States with her family and eventually resettled in England. She died aged only 34, apparently having starved herself to death "whilst the balance of her mind was disturbed." Simone Weil’s books were all published posthumously.
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