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Title: Syndicalism, work and science in Simone Weil's philosophy of modernity
Author: Holt, Alice C.
ISNI:       0000 0004 7430 7638
Awarding Body: University of Oxford
Current Institution: University of Oxford
Date of Award: 2018
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Simone Weil (1909-1943) was a political philosopher and revolutionary-syndicalist militant who put her own body on the line as a factory worker in 1935; mobilised herself in an anarchist militia in northern Spain in 1936 and engaged as a résistante in France and then in London in de Gaulle's Forces Françaises Libres during the Occupation. Despite the extent of her political, social and militant engagement, and the significant size of her political corpus, accounts of Weil's life and thought tend to emphasise her idiosyncratic distance from the philosophical mainstream and her saintly detachment from the here-and-now. Her mentor, Alain, referred to her as a 'Martian'; Gabriel Marcel called her a 'témoin de l'absolu'. T.S. Eliot went even further, describing her 'as a potential Saint'. Georges Bataille saw her in more fanciful terms, as a 'Don Quichotte [...] que l'impossible attirait'. Such accounts, despite their differences, led Raymond Aron to comment in 1983 that Weil had become 'un object de culte'. It is perhaps because these views became so entrenched that Weil scholarship, whether theological or political, has tended to resist seeing her thought as engaged in a deliberate dialogue with philosophical discourses of her own time and about her own time. By exploring in turn Weil's philosophy work and science, this thesis seeks to redress this balance, showing how from revolutionary syndicalism to anti-Bolshevik communism; from Husserlian phenomenology to Heideggerian ontology; from Gaston Bachelard's historical epistemology to Freudian sublimation; from Walter Benjamin's modern shock experience to Bergson's experience of time as duration, Weil was deeply and deliberately engaged in a shared reflection on the challenges and dangers of the modern world.
Supervisor: Howells, Christina Sponsor: Wiener-Anspach Foundation
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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