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The Need for Roots : Prelude to a Declaration of Duties Towards Mankind - Simone Weil

The Need for Roots

Prelude to a Declaration of Duties Towards Mankind

By: Simone Weil, T. S. Eliot (Foreword by)

Paperback Published: 12th October 2001
ISBN: 9780415271028
Number Of Pages: 298

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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.

Prefacep. vii
Translator's Forewordp. xv
The Needs of the Soulp. 1
Orderp. 10
Libertyp. 12
Obediencep. 14
Responsibilityp. 15
Equalityp. 16
Hierarchismp. 19
Honourp. 19
Punishmentp. 20
Freedom of Opinionp. 22
Securityp. 32
Riskp. 33
Private Propertyp. 34
Collective Propertyp. 35
Truthp. 36
Uprootednessp. 41
Uprootedness in the Townsp. 45
Uprootedness in the Countrysidep. 78
Uprootedness and Nationhoodp. 98
The Growing of Rootsp. 183
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ISBN: 9780415271028
ISBN-10: 0415271029
Series: Routledge Classics
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 298
Published: 12th October 2001
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.05 x 12.7  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.36
Edition Number: 2
Edition Type: New edition