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Jacques Julliard: "Simone Weil, freedom and oppression"


Highlights: Simone Weil died of tuberculosis on August 24, 1943. She was 34 years old. Weil is considered to be one of the greatest writers of all time. Her work is still being published today. She leaves behind a husband, a daughter and a son. She also leaves a husband and a daughter-in-law. She is remembered as a woman of great spirit. She will be remembered for her contribution to the history of the art of writing. Her legacy will live on in the work she has written.

CHRONICLE - The historian and essayist pays tribute to the philosopher Simone Weil, who died of tuberculosis almost eighty years ago. Emphasizing the rare adequacy between his life and his thought, he endeavours to describe the main features of his social philosophy.

Jacques Julliard, whom readers of Le Figaro find every first Monday of the month, is a columnist for the weekly "Marianne".

On August 24, 1943, it will soon be eighty years, died at the age of 34 in the sanatorium of Ashford, in the Duchy of Kent (England), Simone Weil, of whom Albert Camus wrote, on the occasion of the publication of his posthumous work La Condition ouvrière (1951): (Simone Weil), I know it better now, is the only great spirit of our time.

Died of tuberculosis and voluntary undernourishment, in solidarity with all those who did not have enough to eat. There is something superhuman and Christlike in Simone Weil's life, and not only in her work.

34 years! We must take Albert Camus' words literally, considering the testimonies of several contemporaries, including Emmanuel Levinas affirming that three abysses, intelligence, greatness of soul, holiness separate us from it; by Ignazio Silone: "one of the greatest writers...

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Source: lefigaro

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