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Christian Platonism of Simone Weil - E. Jane Doering

Christian Platonism of Simone Weil

By: E. Jane Doering (Editor), Eric O. Springsted (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 30th October 2004
ISBN: 9780268025649
Number Of Pages: 264

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In this book, a group of renowned international scholars seek to discern the ways in which Simone Weil was indebted to Plato, and how her provocative readings of his work offer challenges to contemporary philosophy, theology, and spirituality. This is the first book in twenty years to systematically investigate Weil's Christian Platonism. The opening essays explore what actually constitutes Weil's Platonism. Louis Dupre addresses the Platonic and Gnostic elements of her thought with respect to her negative theology, and the Christian Platonism of her positive theology as found in her reflections on beauty and the Good. Michel Narcy provides a close historical reading of Weil and discusses the degree to which her teacher Alain influenced her Platonism. Michael Ross contends that Weil's interest in Plato is in "ethical Platonism." Essays by Robert Chenavier and by Patrick Patterson and Lawrence Schmidt consider the importance of matter and materialism in Weil's Platonism and argue that it is key to understanding her political thought. A middle group of essays addresses more classically metaphysical themes in Weil's thought. Vance G. Morgan examines her use of Greek mathematics. Florence de Lussy analyzes Weil's distinctive, mystical Platonic reflections on Being in the last notebooks from Marseilles. Emmauel Gabellieri discusses Weil's "metaxology," that is, the mediation and relatedness of Being, shown in her speculative thought. Martin Andic underlines the importance of her notion of attention. The final set of essays considers Weil's relevance for contemporary spirituality and moral theology. Cyril O'Regan examines her thinking on violence and evil. Eric Springsted looks at theconceptual links that exist between Weil and Augustine. Finally, David Tracy contends that Weil is the foremost predecessor of recent attempts to reunite the mystical and prophetic. Drawing together some of the top Weil scholars in the world, this collection offers important new insights into her thought, and will be appreciated by philosophers and theologians.

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". . . A veritable intellectual feast to be discovered when one opens this volume. This is indeed a strong collection of essays. It brings together some of the brightest Weil scholars in the world, all focusing on the crucial topic of Weil's Christian Platonism. Doering and Springsted are to be thanked for making these fine essays available to the reading public."--Cahiers Simone Weil

Abbreviations : the works of Simone Weil
Simone Weil and platonism : an introductory readingp. 9
The limits and significance of Simone Weil's platonismp. 23
Transcendence, immanence, and practical deliberation in Simone Weil's early and middle yearsp. 43
Simone Weil : completing platonism through a consistent materialismp. 61
The Christian materialism of Simone Weilp. 77
Simone Weil and the divine poetry of mathematicsp. 95
To on : a nameless something over which the mind stumblesp. 115
Reconstructing platonism : the trinitarian metaxology of Simone Weilp. 133
Freedomp. 159
Countermimesis and Simone Weil's Christian platonismp. 181
"I dreamed I saw St. Augustine ..."p. 209
Simone Weil : the impossiblep. 229
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ISBN: 9780268025649
ISBN-10: 0268025649
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 264
Published: 30th October 2004
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.52 x 16.15  x 2.16
Weight (kg): 0.54

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