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Title: The theme of mediation in the writings of Simone Weil
Author: Little, Janet Patricia
ISNI:       0000 0000 6640 4623
Awarding Body: Durham University
Current Institution: Durham University
Date of Award: 1970
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Abstract:
A study of the theme of mediation necessarily involves a consideration of the two poles between which mediation takes place. This study therefore begins with an investigation of what Simone Weil saw to be man's exile in this world, and his desire for the Good which is God. Since God is unknown and unknowable, this desire cannot be focussed on any particular object, and the soul must experience a void in which there is no compensation for spiritual energy expended. This process is unnatural, however, and painful to man, and he is frequently tempted to focus his desire for the Good on some earthly object; society, by creating the illusion of being greater than the individual, often fulfils this role, and becomes the object of man's idolatry. If man refuses this idolatry and is willing to hold the contradiction posed by his dual nature he will find that all earthly creatures and objects can be mediators between himself and the God whom he desires. In this v/ay exile becomes a fulfilment, and the whole natural realm can speak to man of his supernatural home. All mediation-themes reach their culmination in Christ, whose suffering is seen as a perpetual cosmic process reconciling the universe with its creator. The study is therefore presented in three sections: dualism, idolatry (false mediation), and mediation proper. These are fully illustrated by reference to the whole sphere of Simone Weil's meditations, religious, political and philosophical. Appendices include previously unpublished material, together with relatively inaccessible articles and letters.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
EThOS ID: uk.bl.ethos.260501  DOI: Not available
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