The Need for Roots: Prelude to a Declaration of Duties Towards Mankind / Edition 2

The Need for Roots: Prelude to a Declaration of Duties Towards Mankind / Edition 2

by Simone Weil
     
 

ISBN-10: 0415271029

ISBN-13: 9780415271028

Pub. Date: 11/09/2001

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

Hailed by Andre Gide as the patron saint of all outsiders, Simone Weil's short life was ample testimony to her beliefs. In 1942 she fled France along with her family, going firstly to America. She then moved back to
London in order to work with de Gaulle. Published posthumously The Need for Roots was a direct result of this collaboration. Its purpose was…  See more details below

Overview

Hailed by Andre Gide as the patron saint of all outsiders, Simone Weil's short life was ample testimony to her beliefs. In 1942 she fled France along with her family, going firstly to America. She then moved back to
London in order to work with de Gaulle. Published posthumously The Need for Roots was a direct result of this collaboration. Its purpose was to help rebuild France after the war. In this, her most famous book, Weil reflects on the importance of religious and political social structures in the life of the individual. She wrote that one of the basic obligations we have as human beings is to not let another suffer from hunger.
Equally as important, however, is our duty towards our community: we may have declared various human rights, but we have overlooked the obligations and this has left us self-righteous and rootless. She could easily have been issuing a direct warning to us today, the citizens of Century 21.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415271028
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
11/09/2001
Series:
Routledge Classics Series
Edition description:
REPRINT
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
378,185
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 7.60(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Prefacevii
Translator's Forewordxv
Part IThe Needs of the Soul1
Order10
Liberty12
Obedience14
Responsibility15
Equality16
Hierarchism19
Honour19
Punishment20
Freedom of Opinion22
Security32
Risk33
Private Property34
Collective Property35
Truth36
Part IIUprootedness41
Uprootedness in the Towns45
Uprootedness in the Countryside78
Uprootedness and Nationhood98
Part IIIThe Growing of Roots183

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