Long before postmodern or deconstructionist ideas became current, Simone Weil was concerned with recognizing the absence of consistency and the continual presence of reversals and contradictions in life. She was someone for whom the task of clarifying her perceptions of reality and meaning was an ongoing one. She challenged contemporary views on such complex issues as human nature, good and evil, divinity and truth. Weil's work offers a voice for those segments of society that are generally under-represented, misrepresented or totally silent in conventional historical and philosophical writings.
In this introduction to Simone Weil's ideas, and the political and intellectual circumstances of her work, the authors make Weil's complex and at times elusive ideas accessible to readers. They delineate how her ideas evolved, and provide compelling excerpts from her writings to let her speak for herself. In addition, the authors provide their own interpretation of Weil's work.
Preface - Liz StanleyPART ONE: INTRODUCTION TO SIMONE WEILScience and Knowledge The Perceiving SelfThe Individual and the Collective Distortion of SelfThe Method of Attention Construction of SelfBalancing Equality and Freedom Labor and PoliticsAggression and Oppression Suffering SelvesEvil and Good A Move toward GodThe Mystical Moment An Affirmation of GodDecreation Denial of Self