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Simone Weil
Stephen Plant
0764801163
September 1997
Paperback
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From Library Journal
Philosopher Simone Weil wrote on a wide range of topics including theology and politics, and influenced figures such as T.S. Eliot, Pope John XXII, Pope Paul VI, Camus, and Trotsky. Her life and thought, particularly her understanding of God, are introduced in this volume by Methodist minister Plant. He writes in an accessible manner that will engage general readers as well as undergraduate level students.Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.


Them: A Memoir of Parents
Francine Du Plessix Gray
1594200491
May 2005
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Starred Review. "My mother enjoyed claiming direct descent from Genghis Khan," Gray explains as she opens this complex and rewarding family memoir. That claim gave her mother "both the aristocratic pedigree and the freedom to be a barbarian." Tatiana Yakovleva du Plessix Liberman was 19 and hungry in 1925 when she left the Soviet Union for France. Tatiana and Russian poet Vladimir Mayakovsky soon fell passionately in love, but the ever-practical woman married aristocratic Frenchman Bertrand du Plessix instead. They had one child, Francine, before du Plessix was killed in early WWII combat. Tatiana then became involved with Alexander Liberman, a British- and French-educated artistic Jewish-Russian émigré. Alex, Tatiana and Francine fled to New York in 1941 and started a new life—Tatiana...


Naomi's Breakthrough Guide: 20 Choices to Transform Your Life
Naomi Judd
0641682654

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Enlightened by Love
David Cayley
0660188279
Aug 2002
Audio Cassette - Unabridged
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Betsy Ross: Designer of Our Flag (Childhood of Famous Americans Series)
Ann Weil
0020421206
October 1986
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Card catalog description
Recreates the childhood of the woman traditionally remembered as the maker of the first American flag, which was secretly presented to General George Washington in Philadelphia in 1776.


Simone Weil (Penguin Lives Series)
Francine du Plessix Gray
0670899984
June 2001
Hardcover
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Book Review
Writing with her customary grace and acuity, Francine du Plessix Gray, the author of the Pulitzer Prize-nominated At Home with the Marquis de Sade, examines an equally extreme character at the opposite end of the moral spectrum in Simone Weil. Weil (1909-43) displayed early the ferocious intellect that took this daughter of affluent, highly assimilated French Jews to the peak of her country's rigorous educational system and made her an important modern philosopher. But Weil remains a beacon to activists because of her passionate, intensely personal commitment to the world's oppressed and her need to directly share their sufferings. This need had its neurotic aspects, and Gray's elegant biography does not gloss over Weil's lifelong anorexia, her distaste for physical contact, her peculiar brand of anti-Semitism, or the...


Simone Weil as We Knew Her
Joseph-Marie Perrin
0415306426
October 2003
Hardcover
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Book Description
In 1941 Simone Weil was introduced to Father Jean-Marie Perrin, a priest of the Dominican order whose friendship became one of the most significant influences on her spiritual development. It was for Father Perrin that she wrote her 'spiritual autobiography', contained in Waiting for God, and to him that she later wrote 'Letter to a Priest'. When Weil requested work as a field hand, Perrin sent her to Gustave Thibon, a farmer and Christian philosopher. From 1941-2, Weil stayed with the Thibon family, working in the fields by day while writing by night the notebooks which posthumously became Gravity and Grace and other seminal works.
Perrin and Thibon met Weil at a time when her interior life and her creative genius were at the height of their glowing maturity. During the short but deep period of their...


Simone Weil: A Modern Pilgrimage
Robert Coles
1893361349
March 2001
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
Coles, the Pulitzer Prize-winning Harvard psychiatry professor, here examines Weil's radical sociopolitical views, astringent moral philosophy and mystical Christianity. "A new study of this brilliant, perplexing and 'unnerving' French thinker and moral heroine, who died in 1943 at age 34, is certainly called for, and this perceptive one does her justice," maintained PW. Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc.


Simone Weil
Christopher J. Frost
0803978634
May 1998
Paperback
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Book Description
This book provides a unique presentation of Simone WeilÆs life, work, and her contributions to feminist thought. Long before postmodern or deconstructionist ideas became current, Weil was concerned with recognizing the absence of consistency and the continual presence of reversals and contradictions in life. The struggle to clarify her "reading" of reality and her perceptions of meaning was an ongoing one and she challenged contemporary views on complex issues such as human nature, good and evil, divinity, and truth. In this introduction to Simone WeilÆs ideas, and the political and intellectual circumstances of her work, the authors make WeilÆs complex and at times elusive ideas accessible to readers. They offer their own interpretation of her work and delineate how WeilÆs ideas evolved, while...


Simone Weil: Portrait of a Self-Exiled Jew
Thomas R. Nevin
0807819999
December 1991
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
French philosopher-mystic Simone Weil (1909-1943) was born to an Alsatian father and a Russian mother, both Jewish. After an intense conversion experience in 1938, she rejected her Jewishness and embraced her own version of Roman Catholicism, though she never joined the Church. To Nevin ( Irving Babbitt ), emulating Weil as a saint or a religious guide would be a "disastrous" mistake. He interprets her aid to Spanish anarchists, to the unemployed and the oppressed as expressions of her role as a tzeddik , the traditional Jewish "just person." In Weil's passionate wrestling with God and her quest for a special convenant with Him, she also manifests her Jewishness, argues Nevin. This thoughtful, scholarly study draws on Weil's unpublished archival writings, some translated here for the first time. Copyright 1991...


Simone Weil and the Politics of Self Denial
Athanasios Moulakis
0826211623
Feb 1998
Hardcover
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Language Notes
Text: English (translation)
Original Language: German


Three Women in Dark Times: Edith Stein, Hannah Arendt, Simone Weil
Sylvie Courtine-Denamy
0801487587
August 2001
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
The darkness of the decade 1933-1943 was at least partially illumined by the energetic syntheses of thought and action that Courtine-Denamy (Hannah Arendt) skillfully examines in the three remarkable women of this book's subtitle. What animates the comparison are stark differences overlaid on basic similarities: all three were Jews and philosophers, all were imperiled by the Nazi menace. But by 1943 Stein had become a Carmelite nun and perished in Auschwitz; Weil had allied with the French Resistance and died of malnutrition in London; and Arendt had emigrated to New York, where she called for a Jewish army in Palestine. Weil, whose passions split between politics and religion, serves as linchpin for comparisons with the cloistered nun Stein and the fervently Zionist, eminently unmystical Arendt. Stein, the...


Simone Weil as We Knew Her
Joseph Marie Perrin
0415306434
October 2003
Paperback
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Book Description
In 1941 Simone Weil was introduced to Father Jean-Marie Perrin, a priest of the Dominican order whose friendship became one of the most significant influences on her spiritual development. It was for Father Perrin that she wrote her 'spiritual autobiography', contained in Waiting for God, and to him that she later wrote 'Letter to a Priest'. When Weil requested work as a field hand, Perrin sent her to Gustave Thibon, a farmer and Christian philosopher. From 1941-2, Weil stayed with the Thibon family, working in the fields by day while writing by night the notebooks which posthumously became Gravity and Grace and other seminal works.
Perrin and Thibon met Weil at a time when her interior life and her creative genius were at the height of their glowing maturity. During the short but deep period of their...

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