- By Sylvie Weil Benjamin Ivry

At Home with André and Simone Weil

  • Title: At Home with André and Simone Weil
  • Author: Sylvie Weil Benjamin Ivry
  • ISBN: 9780810127043
  • Page: 107
  • Format: Hardcover
  • At Home with Andr and Simone Weil Translated from the French by Benjamin Ivry Simone Weil was one of the twentieth century s most original philosopher critics and as a result her legacy has been claimed by many This memoir by Weil s

    Translated from the French by Benjamin Ivry, Simone Weil was one of the twentieth century s most original philosopher critics, and as a result her legacy has been claimed by many This memoir by Weil s niece is strong willed and incisive and as close as we are likely to get to the real Simone Weil Born into a freethinking Jewish family, Weil contributed many articles to STranslated from the French by Benjamin Ivry, Simone Weil was one of the twentieth century s most original philosopher critics, and as a result her legacy has been claimed by many This memoir by Weil s niece is strong willed and incisive and as close as we are likely to get to the real Simone Weil Born into a freethinking Jewish family, Weil contributed many articles to Socialist and Communist journals and was active in the Spanish Civil War until her health failed In 1940 she became strongly attracted to Roman Catholicism and the Passion of Christ Most of her works, published posthumously, continue to inform debates in ethics, philosophy, and spirituality surrounding questions of sacrifice, asceticism, and the virtues of manual labor Massively influential, Weil s writings were widely praised by such readers as Albert Camus, T S Eliot, Simone de Beauvoir, Pope John XXIII, Czeslaw Milosz, and Susan Sontag Sylvie Weil recovers the deeply Jewish nature of Simone s thinking and details how her preoccupations with charity and justice were fully in the tradition of tzedakah, the Jewish religious obligation toward these actions.Using previously unpublished family correspondence and conversations, Sylvie Weil offers a authentically personal portrait of her aunt than previous biographers have provided At Home with Andr and Simone Weil illuminates Simone s relationship to her family, especially to her brother, the great Princeton mathematician Andr Weil A clear eyed and uncompromising memoir of her family, At Home with Andr and Simone Weil is a fresh look at the noted French philosopher,mystic, and social activist.

    1 thought on “At Home with André and Simone Weil

    1. Interesting insight into the family's history and dynamics plus the sad estrangement between Andre and his parents over Simone's legacy.

    2. Sylvie's voice, like her, is such a treat. French. Precocious. Honest. Indulgent. Affectionate. Kind.

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