Simone Weil - philosopher, religious thinker, mystic, social/political activist - is notoriously difficult to categorize, since her life and writings challenge traditional academic boundaries. As many scholars have recognized, she set out few, if any, systematic theories, especially when it came to religious ideas. In this book, A. Rebecca Rozelle-Stone and Lucian Stone illuminate the ways in which Weil stands outside Western theological tradition by her use of paradox to resist the clamoring for greater degrees of certainty. Beyond a facile fallibilism, Simone Weil's ideas about the super-natural, love, Christianity, and spiritual action, and indeed, her seeming endorsement of a sort of atheism, detachment, foolishness, and passivity, begin to unravel old assumptions about what it is to encounter the divine.
Lucian Stone is Assistant Professor in the Department of Philosophy and Religion, The University of North Dakota, USA.
Introduction: On Being a Paradox/1. Atheism and Mysticism/ 2. Christology and Religious Pluralism/ 3. Human Nature and Decreation/ 4. Love and Detachment/ 5. Beauty and Anonymity/ 6. Possibility and Impossibility/ Conclusion: Educating Paradox