Simone Kotva (Cambridge) & Hartmut Rosa (Jena)

Il faut changer le rapport entre le corps et le monde. On ne se détache pas, on change d'attachement. S'attacher à tout. À travers chaque sensation, sentir l'univers.

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.

This time we are going to join Simone Kotva and Hartmut Rosa.

Simone Kotva is a philosopher and theologian at the University of Cambridge. Her research focuses on the philosophy of religion, environmental ethics as well as magic and the occult. In 2020 she published her new book “Effort and Grace: On the Spiritual Exercise of Philosophy” with Bloomsbury press. Hartmut Rosa is a philosopher and sociologist at the University of Jena and director of the Max Weber Centre for Advanced Cultural and Social Studies. With his resonance theory and his sociology of time he currently ranks as one of Germany’s most influential social philosophers. Today both engage with the philosophy of Simone Weil and present their thoughts on resonating with death and mortality.

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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