Gravity and Grace

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Overview

"A book of Pascalian pensees, touching on many phases of the intellectual and spiritual worlds. Written in prose which is as unadorned as a geometry theorem, it bears clear personal traces of the young genius who was half icy intellectual, half mystic."-New York Times. "In these private reflections, at once pregnant and precise, and all springing out of painful depths of experience, mental pride is transmuted into spiritual insight."-Manchester Guardian. Simone Weil, the French philosopher, political activist, and religious mystic, was little known when she died young in 1943. Four years later the philosopher-farmer Gustave Thibon compiled La pesanteur et la grâce from the notebooks she left in his keeping. In 1952 this English translation accelerated the fame and influence of Simone Weil. The striking aphorisms in Gravity and Grace reflect the religious philosophy of Weil's last years. Written at the onset of World War II, when her health was deteriorating and her left-wing social activism was giving way to spiritual introspection, this masterwork makes clear why critics have called Simone Weil "a great soul who might have become a saint" and "the Outsider as saint, in an age of alienation." Introducer Thomas R. Nevin is a professor of classical studies at John Carroll University and the author of Simone Weil: Portrait of a Self-Exiled Jew.
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New York Times

“A book of Pascalian pensees, touching on many phases of the intellectual and spiritual worlds. Written in prose which is as unadorned as a geometry theorem, it bears clear personal traces of the young genius who was half icy intellectual, half mystic.”—New York Times
Manchester Guardian

“In these private reflections, at once pregnant and precise, and all springing out of painful depths of experience, mental pride is transmuted into spiritual insight.”—Manchester Guardian
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415290005
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 10/1/2002
  • Series: Routledge Classics Series
  • Pages: 224
  • Lexile: 1040L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author


Introducer Thomas R. Nevin is a professor of classical studies at John Carroll University and the author of Simone Weil: Portrait of a Self-Exiled Jew.
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Table of Contents

Introduction by Gustave Thilbon Gravity and Grace Voide and Compensation To Accept the Void Detachment Imagination Which Fills the Void Renunciation Of Time To Desire Without An Object The Self Decreation Self-Effacement Necessity And Obedience Illusions Idolatry Love Evil Affliction Violence The Cross Balance And Lever The Impossible Contradiction The Distance Between The Necessary and the Good Chance He Whom We Must Love Is Absent Atheism As A Purification Attention And Will Training Intelligence and Grace Readings The Ring Of Gyges Meaning of the Universe Metaxu Beauty Algebra The Social Imprint The Great Beast Social Harmony The Mysticism of Work

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 8, 2006

    Simone Weil: Gravity and Grace - A view of true depth

    Gravity and Grace: Interesting but esoteric. The terminology and vernalular left me with my head spinning. The philosophical depth at which miss Weil comprehended life and its beauties is rare and has almost dissipated in today's society. Read the book for general interests on the soul, salvation and redemption or if for no other reason, read it to renounce miss Weil's name.

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