Gwendolen Dupré (Glasgow) on “Simone Weil’s Void and the Delicacies of the Feast”

Ce qu'on mange est détruit, n'est plus réel.

Simone Weil, "La pesanteur et la grâce", 1943

This is our conference death | text | resonance Simone Weil and writing to(wards) death in July 2020.

We invited scholars from different fields to choose a text by Simone Weil or a somehow related writer or thinker to read and discuss.

GWENDOLEN DUPRé

Abstract

Gwendolen holds a MPhil in Philosophy of Religion from the University of Cambridge and is currently a prospective PhD candidate in French Studies as well as in Theology & Religious Studies at the University of Glasgow.

In her Notebooks, Weil develops a metaphysical understanding in which embodied experience merges the individual with the ‘primordial’ void (le vide) she calls ‘God’ (Weil, Notes, 2004). The contours of this void are found through physical engagement with reality where the material world manifests the absence of God as a hyper-presence. In this respect, the present close reading considers Weil’s idea of the transference of attention and the ‘alliance between matter and real feelings’, inquiring into her claim that ‘[t]he joy and spiritual significance of the feast is situated within the special delicacy associated with the feast’ (Weil, First & Last Notebooks, 1970).

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