Gravity and Grace

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U of Nebraska Press, 1952 - Philosophy - 236 pages
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"A book of Pascalian pensees, touching on many phases of the intellectual and spiritual worlds. Written in prose which is as unadorned as a geometry theorem, it bears clear personal traces of the young genius who was half icy intellectual, half mystic."-New York Times. "In these private reflections, at once pregnant and precise, and all springing out of painful depths of experience, mental pride is transmuted into spiritual insight."-Manchester Guardian. Simone Weil, the French philosopher, political activist, and religious mystic, was little known when she died young in 1943. Four years later the philosopher-farmer Gustave Thibon compiled La pesanteur et la grbce from the notebooks she left in his keeping. In 1952 this English translation accelerated the fame and influence of Simone Weil. The striking aphorisms in Gravity and Grace reflect the religious philosophy of Weil's last years. Written at the onset of World War II, when her health was deteriorating and her left-wing social activism was giving way to spiritual introspection, this masterwork makes clear why critics have called Simone Weil "a great soul who might have become a saint" and "the Outsider as saint, in an age of alienation." Introducer Thomas R. Nevin is a professor of classical studies at John Carroll University and the author of Simone Weil: Portrait of a Self-Exiled Jew.
  

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User Review  - Jacob Stubbs - Goodreads

So, first thing to say, this book is extremely difficult to read. I've read Heidegger (I did have a hard time understanding him); he was quite difficult. I need to reread him. That being said, Simone ... Read full review

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User Review  - Rita Mae - Goodreads

This is great but I prefer the Notebooks unedited. Those, of course, are much harder to get--around $150 for each volume, so these is a great cheaper alternative. Read full review

Contents

VOID AND COMPENSATION
49
IMAGINATION WHICH FILLS THE VOID
62
DECREATION
78
ILLUSIONS
99
EVIL
119
VIOLENCE
137
CONTRADICTION
151
CHANCE
160
TRAINING
177
THE RING OF GYGES
192
ALGEBRA
209
SOCIAL HARMONY
223
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Introducer Thomas R. Nevin is a professor of classical studies at John Carroll University and the author of Simone Weil: Portrait of a Self-Exiled Jew.

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