Christy Wampole Writes About the Life and Work of Simone Weil in Aeon Magazine

October 30, 2018

On October 25, Aeon Magazine published an essay by Associate Professor Christy Wampole (French and Italian) on French philosopher Simone Weil.

She writes: “I reflected on my attraction to Weil’s thought, and on my habit of putting her books into the hands of my students and friends saying: ‘Read this.’ There are six reasons I return to Weil and want to share her: 1) the total absence of irony in most of her philosophical writings; 2) her sustained campaign against a self-interested, narcissistic citizenry; 3) the ethical urgency with which she approached the problem of education; 4) her emphasis on first-hand knowledge (of the assembly-line worker’s plight, for example, or the farmhand’s daily exertions); 5) her belief that technology’s distancing effects would lead to total alienation; and 6) the congruity of her preaching and her practice.”

Read the full article here.

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