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Simone Weil. Une philosophie de la force et de la faiblesse

Abstract : The primary objective of our study is to put the concept of force in a prominent position in the interpretation of the whole body of Simone Weil’s (1909-1943) work, by highlighting her analysis of the effects and of the different manifestations of force, such as power in society, violence in war or in human relations, the concept of omnipotence in religion. At the same time, we also aim to show that her analysis cannot be reduced to simply a denunciation. We further identify an original element, a "philosophy of weakness" recognizing the value of weakness, powerlessness, vulnerability. Although such a philosophy of weakness has not been developed systematically, it emerges with great coherence from Weil's writing when one analyses the internal dynamics of her thought, which appears to be polarized around the two complementary ideas of force and weakness. These two key ideas underpin the structure of a variety of her texts.
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Hiromi Takahashi. Simone Weil. Une philosophie de la force et de la faiblesse. Sciences de l'Homme et Société. Université de Rennes 1, 2010. Français. ⟨tel-02446576⟩

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