Scott Ritner (Philadelphia) on “Revolutionary Pessimism”

Comment distingue-t-on l'imaginaire du réel dans le domaine spirituel? Il faut préférer l'enfer réel au paradis imaginaire.

Simone Weil, "Attente de Dieu", 1942

SCOTT RITNER

Abstract

Scott is an assistant professor of Political Science at Temple University (Philadelphia) and vice-president of the American Weil Society

So-called western society, broadly speaking ,still relates more comfortably to historical examples of the “enfant terrible” who gains power and prestige by bending others to their will. In L’Enracinement ,Simone Weil proposes a compromised, heuristic State with the goal of educating a way this ersatzform of greatness by teaching the material and spiritual love of neighbor. Weil proposes, and I attempt to theorize, an alternative and true conception of greatness rooted in compassion for the oppressed.

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New contributions:

Chris Kraus (Los Angeles): Simone Weil. Two Days in February

THE PAPIER collé AS PART OF THE »PAPIER collé SIMONE WEIL« WE INVITED WRITERS AND ARTISTS TO SHARE THEIR IDEAS ON SIMONE WEIL. SOME BITS AND PIECES, SOME MATERIAL, THOUGHTS… TRACES AND LINES THAT REVOLVE AROUND THEIR READING OR RESEARCH. LIKE A SUNDAY STROLL THROUGH AN IMMATERIAL-IMAGINATIVE LIBRARY. LIKE A BORGES READING MACHINE THAT UNENDINGLY

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Mark von Schlegell: Simone Azul

THE PAPIER collé AS PART OF THE »PAPIER collé SIMONE WEIL« WE INVITED WRITERS AND ARTISTS TO SHARE THEIR IDEAS ON SIMONE WEIL. SOME BITS AND PIECES, SOME MATERIAL, THOUGHTS… TRACES AND LINES THAT REVOLVE AROUND THEIR READING OR RESEARCH. LIKE A SUNDAY STROLL THROUGH AN IMMATERIAL-IMAGINATIVE LIBRARY. LIKE A BORGES READING MACHINE THAT UNENDINGLY

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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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