<history of philosophy, biography> French philosopher and mystic (1909-1943); author of Waiting for God, Gravity and Grace, and Le┴ons de Philosophie (Lectures on Philosophy). Following her conversion to Christianity in 1938, Weil argued in Intimations of Christianity Among the Ancient Greeks that its central theological themes could be discerned by a careful reader in the philosophical works of Plato and other Greek sages. In Oppression et libert╚ (Oppression and Liberty) (1955) Weil argued that individuals can overcome the alienation characteristic of modern society only through their engagement in meaningful work. Recommended Reading: Simone Weil: An Anthology, ed. by Sian Miles (Grove Press, 2000); The Simone Weil Reader, ed. by George A. Panichas (Moyer Bell, 1985); Francine Du Plessix Gray, Simone Weil: A Penguin Life (Viking, 2001); Stephen Plant and Peter Vardy, Simone Weil (Liguori, 1997); Miklos Veto, The Religious Metaphysics of Simone Weil, tr. by Joan Dargan (SUNY, 1994); and Diogenes Allen and Eric O. Springsted, Spirit, Nature, and Community: Issues in the Thought of Simone Weil (SUNY, 1994).
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