How can we articulate the intimate demand of the spiritual life and the struggle for solidarity? These two issues have often been treated separately- in Simone Weil: Attention to the Real, however, Robert Chenavier explores the work of Simone WeilMoreHow can we articulate the intimate demand of the spiritual life and the struggle for solidarity?
These two issues have often been treated separately- in Simone Weil: Attention to the Real, however, Robert Chenavier explores the work of Simone Weil (1909–1943) and demonstrates how she brought them together in a single movement of thought. Our time has a unique mission, calling for the creation of a civilization based on the spirituality of work, she wrote near the end of her short life. Her experience as a militant and the call of the divine nurtured in her writing an intense and unwavering defense of this new civilization, backed by her personal sense of intellectual, moral, and political responsibility.Originally published in French in 2009, Simone Weil: Attention to the Real leads the reader through her earliest writing as a perceptive social critic to her work on spirituality and materialism, and finally to her extraordinary concept of decreation, produced before her death at the age of thirty-four.
To an exceptional degree, Chenavier says, the life of Simone Weil, her personality, her commitment, and her reflection form one single whole. Chenavier argues that Weils vocation took on a very original form in the history of philosophical thought. He is especially concerned with Weils philosophical writings on the concept of work, which remain relevant today, and which provide an important key to her thinking throughout her life.
Bernard Doerings superb translation brings to English readers Chenaviers succinct account of Simone Weils life and an illuminating introduction to her philosophical thought.Bernard Doering has crafted a very fine translation of Robert Chenaviers comprehensive but brief introduction to Simone Weils philosophical project. It provides an excellent English introduction to the social philosophy of Simone Weil, with due attention to her understanding of the importance of work in learning to attend to the real.
Doerings translation will be of interest to both a religious and secular readership, both inside and outside the academy. —Lawrence Schmidt, University of Toronto