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

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.

KATHRYN LAWSON

Abstract

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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