Samir Sellami (Berlin) on “Grace on a Broken Planet”

L'extrême difficulté que j'éprouve souvent à exécuter la moindre action est une faveur qui m'est faite. Car ainsi, avec des actions ordinaires et sans attirer l'attention, je peux couper des racines de l'arbre. [...] Trouver une difficulté extraordinaire à faire une action ordinaire est une faveur dont il faut être reconnaissant. Il ne faut pas demander la disparition de cette difficulté ; il faut implorer la grâce d'en faire usage.

Simone Weil, "La Pesanteur et la Grâce”, 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.



Samir is a literary critic and scholar based in Berlin.

What are the chances for grace on a broken planet? In times like ours, it seems almost frivolous to seek conceptual refuge in the idea of grace and its aspiration to “ascend to the celestial spheres” (Sor Juana). And yet, radical efforts of graceful repair and decreation will be needed to come to terms with the brokenness of this planet. Are we able and ready to think of grace-in-the-flesh as a critical intervention into spiritual matters where matter matters as much as the spiritual?

Simone Weil: Essai sur la notion de la lecture Janvier/Mars 1946, Nouvelle Série, 1ère Année, No. 1

New contributions:

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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Book Launch of ‘Effort and Grace’ by Simone Kotva

For activity to be passive, it must receive something from beyond itself; it must be in excess of itself. By the spiritual I mean this fact of experience in excess of voluntary effort, of which exercise is a part. This distinction, it seems to me, is crucial. To a large part, the confusion which surrounds

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Stephanie Strickland (New York): “Soul Learns Everything from Body”

Key In this poem, Stephanie refers to Simone Weil’s notion of “reading,” one of the ways we are physically imbricated in knowing. Stephanie shares Robert Kemp’s wish. Kemp speaks, as Thomas R. Nevin says, “for all Weil enthusiasts in the remark, comme on voudrait la rappeler sur cette terre, pour lui dire qu’on l’aime, et

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