Gravity and Grace

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Psychology Press, 2002 - Philosophy - 183 pages
Gravity and Grace was the first ever publication by the remarkable thinker and activist, Simone Weil. In it Gustave Thibon, the farmer to whom she had entrusted her notebooks before her untimely death, compiled in one remarkable volume a compendium of her writings that have become a source of spiritual guidance and wisdom for countless individuals. On the fiftieth anniversary of the first English edition - by Routledge & Kegan Paul in 1952 - this Routledge Classics edition offers English readers the complete text of this landmark work for the first time ever, by incorporating a specially commissioned translation of the controversial chapter on Israel. Also previously untranslated is Gustave Thibon's postscript of 1990, which reminds us how privileged we are to be able to read a work which offers each reader such 'light for the spirit and nourishment for the soul'. This is a book that no one with a serious interest in the spiritual life can afford to be without.
 

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These words seem to encapsulate what Weil means by "grace": "May the eternal life give, not a reason for living and working, but a sense of completeness which makes the search for any such reason ... Read full review

Contents

Gravity and Grace i
2
To Accept the Void
10
Imagination Which Fills the Void
16
To Desire Without an Object
22
Decreation
32
SeifEffacement
40
Illusions
51
Idolatry
60
Contradiction
98
The Distance Between the Necessary
104
Atheism as a Purification
114
Training
123
Readings
134
Meaning of the Universe
140
Beauty
148
The Social Imprint
155

Evil
69
Affliction
80
Violence
85
Balance and Lever
92
The Great Beast
164
Social Harmony
170
The Mysticism of Work
178
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Simone Weil (1909-1943). One of the most original philosophical, religious and political thinkers of the twentieth century.

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