Beyond Power

Beyond Power : Simone Weil and the Notion of Authority

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Beyond Power offers fresh ways to approach the burning political, religious, and scientific issues of our time. It also provides a compelling overview of the work of the great French philosopher Simone Weil, whom Albert Camus saw as "the only great mind of our time" and T. S. Eliot saw as "a woman of genius, a kind of genius akin to that of the saints."show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 210 pages
  • 152.4 x 223.52 x 20.32mm | 362.87g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • New.
  • 0739123866
  • 9780739123867
  • 1,715,236

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This sensitive and wide-ranging study addresses all the main areas of Weil?s formidable culture, demonstrating how, through her use of the Greek classics, Marx, the great texts of Christian piety and Eastern philosophy among other sources of inspiration in her passionate and single-minded quest for truth, her spirit soars above any narrow sectarian bias or historical contingency, making her as relevant for our troubled times as she was in the dark days through which she lived. Taking the clauses of the 'Our Father' one by one and examining Weil?s thought in their light, Avery shows convincingly how, through a spirit of prayer, the ultimate source of authority is not power, but love... -- J. P. Little, St. Patrick's College, Dublin City University This is an important and exciting book. Broad in scope and with generous depth of enquiry, it echoes the tone of its human subject, described by Camus as 'the only great spirit of our time.' It deserves to become itself the authoritative work on Simone Weil. Its great merit lies in the rich social, historical and cultural contextualization of her oeuvre which is hugely revitalized in consequence. Simone Weil's understanding of authority is reconsidered in the light of urgent contemporary concerns and vital new life breathed into it. Avery has succeeded in the daunting task of examining a comprehensive range of secondary sources, and provides both interesting, and in this election year, timely glosses on their interpretations. The magisterial strength of this book, however, lies in its response to the thoughts and words of Simone Weil herself, to which its author returns with the kind of attention she herself so brilliantly describes. -- Sian Miles, University of Warwick The book should be helpful as a general introduction to Weil's thought. Avery provides useful summaries of the principal areas of interest in Weil's writings ... After reading the book one would have a good idea of how to proceed with one's own study of Simone Weil. Review of Politics The book should be helpful... as a general introduction to Weil's thought. Avery provides useful summaries of the principal areas of interest in Weil's writings and... gives clear explanations of her basic approach in each area. After reading the book one would have a good idea of how to proceed with one's own study of Simone Weil. Review of Politics, 2009 (Vol 71) The rich cultural knowledge of Desmond Avery has enabled him to interpret brilliantly the genius of Simone Weil. He presents persuasively her life-giving view of authority. -- Gerald O'Collins, author of Salvation for All: God's Other Peoples This sensitive and wide-ranging study addresses all the main areas of Weil's formidable culture, demonstrating how, through her use of the Greek classics, Marx, the great texts of Christian piety and Eastern philosophy among other sources of inspiration in her passionate and single-minded quest for truth, her spirit soars above any narrow sectarian bias or historical contingency, making her as relevant for our troubled times as she was in the dark days through which she lived. Taking the clauses of the 'Our Father' one by one and examining Weil's thought in their light, Avery shows convincingly how, through a spirit of prayer, the ultimate source of authority is not power, but love. -- J. P. Little, St. Patrick's College, Dublin City Universityshow more

About Desmond Avery

Desmond Avery is a visiting fellow at Lincoln University.show more

Table of contents

Part 1 Introduction Part 2 Part I. Authority Comes from the Author Chapter 3 Chapter 1. The Notion of Authority Chapter 4 Chapter 2. Authority in the Life and Work of Simone Weil Chapter 5 Chapter 3. An Idea of Ultimate Authority Part 6 Part II. The Authority of Disciplines and Institutions Chapter 7 Chapter 4. Religion Chapter 8 Chapter 5. Governance Chapter 9 Chapter 6. Science Part 10 Part III. Authority in Practice Chapter 11 Chapter 7. Work Chapter 12 Chapter 8. Justice Chapter 13 Chapter 9. Education Part 14 Conclusionshow more

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