Why we did it

Shortly after the launch of Weekly, the editor-in-chief asked me to think about a file on the philosopher Simone Weil. “We talk more and more about her, she is cited by politicians, we know her rather badly. It would be good to take the time to unfold your thoughts… ” Great works have the advantage and the disadvantage of their timelessness. While it is always timely to return to it, the course of things is constantly putting other, more “urgent” subjects on the top of the pile. This file would wait… Then there was the spring containment. One Sunday, deprived of going out, I thought about this invitation. I reopened Waiting on God while the world at a standstill returned to essential questions – living, being sick, dying – as he questioned his future, his mistakes. The strength and timeliness of Simone Weil’s writings grabbed me.

Neither modern nor anti-modern. Neither liberal nor orthodox Marxist. An ardent believer as much as a demanding philosopher. Simone Weil renews with her inner freedom many of the questions that concern us about modern life, work, democracy, religion … In times which were much more troubled than ours, she unmasked the pettiness of intellectual and social life and religious. She recalled that nothing is built without the sting of justice and truth. “The bond of life and thought was with her the closest that can be conceived. No one has more heroically put their actions in line with their ideas ”, wrote her friend and biographer Simone Pétremont. For this, we can learn a lot from Simone Weil.


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