Simone Weil, Beyond Ideology?

 
 
Palgrave Macmillan (Verlag)
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In the last decade, interest in the writings of French philosopher Simone Weil (1909-1943) has surged. Weil is admired for her militant syndicalism, her factory experience and participation in the French resistance, but it is above all the eclectic and rich character of her work that has increasingly attracted scholarly attention. Weil reflected on subjects as diverse as quantum physics, Greek tragedy, bankruptcy, colonialism, technology, education, and religious metaphysics, but perhaps most interesting is the way that her work seems to defy any clear ideological labelling: Marxist, anarchist, liberal, conservative and republican all seem to fall short in describing the complexity of Weil's thinking. Adding to the interpretive difficulty is the fact that Weil often expressed biting criticisms of most things political. What this edited volume argues is that it is precisely Weil's unclassifiable nature, combined with her sharp and sometimes ambivalent criticisms of politics, that make her work a most timely and fascinating object of study for contemporary political philosophy. It proposes a two-pronged approach to her thought: first, via a series of conversations set up between Weil and key authors in modern and contemporary political theory (e.g. Sandel, Rawls, Ahmed, Agamben, Orwell); and secondly, via a close study of Weil's reflections on various ideologies. The goal of this book is not to position Simone Weil squarely within a single ideological tradition but rather to propose that her thought might allow us to critically engage with various ideologies in the history of political ideas.
1st ed. 2021
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Springer International Publishing
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Sophie Bourgault is Associate Professor at the School of Political Studies, University of Ottawa, Canada, and current President of the American Weil Society. Her main research interests gravitate toward contemporary feminist theory, care ethics and Simone Weil's political thought.
Julie Daigle is a political theorist whose research focuses on the history of ideas and work of Simone Weil. She has also taught at the School of Political Studies, University of Ottawa, Canada.
1. Weil, Political and Ideology (Sophie Bourgault & Julie Daigle)
Part I: Weil in Conversation
2. The Language of the Inner Life (Eric O. Springsted)
3. Let Them Eat Cake: Articulating a Weilian Critique of Distributive Justice (K.G.M. Earl)
4. Simone Weil, Sara Ahmed, and a Politics of Hap (A. Rebecca Rozelle-Stone)
5. On Giorgio Agamben's Theoretical Debt to Simone Weil: Destituent Potential and Decreation (Michael P.A. Murphy)
6. The Political of Rootedness: On Simone Weil and George Orwell (Oriol Quintana)
Part II: Weil and Ideology
7. The Colonial Frame: Butler and Weil on Force and Grief (Benjamin P. Davis)
8. Ideology as Idolatry (Alexandra Féret)
9. Capture Time: Simone Weil's Vital Temporality against the State (Casey Ford)
10. Simone Weil's Heterodox Marxism: Revolutionary Pessimism and the Politics of Resistant (Scott B. Ritner)
11. Labour, Collectivity and the Nurturance of Attentive Belonging (Suzanne McCullagh)
12. Thoughts on a Weilian Republicanism (Julie Daigle)
In the last decade, interest in the writings of French philosopher Simone Weil (1909-1943) has surged. Weil is admired for her militant syndicalism, her factory experience and participation in the French resistance, but it is above all the eclectic and rich character of her work that has increasingly attracted scholarly attention. Weil reflected on subjects as diverse as quantum physics, Greek tragedy, bankruptcy, colonialism, technology, education, and religious metaphysics, but perhaps most interesting is the way that her work seems to defy any clear ideological labelling: Marxist, anarchist, liberal, conservative and republican all seem to fall short in describing the complexity of Weil's thinking. Adding to the interpretive difficulty is the fact that Weil often expressed biting criticisms of most things political. What this edited volume argues is that it is precisely Weil's unclassifiable nature, combined with her sharp and sometimes ambivalent criticisms of politics, that make her work a most timely and fascinating object of study for contemporary political philosophy. It proposes a two-pronged approach to her thought: first, via a series of conversations set up between Weil and key authors in modern and contemporary political theory (e.g. Sandel, Rawls, Ahmed, Agamben, Orwell); and secondly, via a close study of Weil's reflections on various ideologies. The goal of this book is not to position Simone Weil squarely within a single ideological tradition but rather to propose that her thought might allow us to critically engage with various ideologies in the history of political ideas.
Sophie Bourgault is Associate Professor at the School of Political Studies, University of Ottawa, Canada, and current President of the American Weil Society.
Julie Daigle is a political theorist whose research focuses on the history of ideas and work of Simone Weil. She has also taught at the School of Political Studies, University of Ottawa, Canada.

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