Kathryn Lawson (Kingston) on “Decreation as Destruction or as Creation?”

Tout être humain est enraciné ici-bas par une certaine poésie terrestre, reflet de la lumière céleste, qui est son lien plus ou moins vaguement senti avec sa patrie universelle. Le malheur est le déracinement.

Simone Weil, "Attente de Dieu", 1942



Kate is a PhD Candidate in the department of philosophy at Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada.

The ethical implications of Simone Weil’s “decreation” are perhaps the most controversial of her work and it is difficult to determine if she is asserting a violent destruction of the human body or a creation of the human spirit as linked with God. Rowan Williams claims that Weil’s decreation requires the “I” to dissolve completely, thus collapsing the site of ethics, but Yoon Sook Cha argues that the ethical site opened in Weil is not the “I” but the “in-between”. I suggest that decreation holds both destruction / death as well as creation / life in order to enter a radical shift in perspective from dualistic to relational through the creation of a bridge between the I and God.

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Thomas Hirschhorn (Paris): SIMONE WEIL WORKS

OVERVIEW Since 2019 at the Engadin Art Talks, Thomas Hirschon has intensively engaged with Simone Weil. The denʞkollektiv thanks Thomas to present seven art works: (1) Me, She, (2) Simone Weil Map, (3) Médaillon, (4) Cover for ‘Die Weltwoche’, (5) My Dreams, (6) SW Annabelle, and (7) Eternal Ruins. For more information visit: www.thomashirschhorn.com (1) ME,

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Luca Pellarin (Erfurt) & Thomas Sojer (denʞkollektiv): Reading Pierre-Joseph Proudhon – Franz C. Overbeck and Simone Weil in catalogical notes.

The French political theorist Pierre-Joseph Proudhon (1809-1865), the German theologian Franz C. Overbeck (1837-1905), and the French philosopher Simone Weil (1909-1943) share an interest in rethinking socialism against the backdrop of a sharp criticism of Christianity. Proudhon lays the foundation of this philosophy, leaving Overbeck and Weil to carry on his heritage, albeit in opposed

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