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Simone Weil on social responsibility

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The Need for Roots: Prelude to a Declaration of Duties Towards Mankind

Hailed by Andre Gide as the patron saint of all outsiders, Simone Weil’s short life was ample testimony to her beliefs. In 1942 she fled France along with her family, going firstly to America. She then moved back to London in order to work with de Gaulle.

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Draft for a Statement of Human Obligation

In this 1943 essay, written during the last year of her life, which she spent working with Gen. de Gaulle in the struggle for French liberation, Weil makes the case for the existence of a transcendent and universal moral law, and describes the social responsibilities that accompany it.

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What We Owe to Others: Simone Weil’s Radical Reminder

She believed we have obligations to attend to our fellow humans. How could that spirit change our politics?

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Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy - Simone Weil

Following Weil’s philosophical development, her central concepts are addressed under five categories: social-political philosophy, epistemology, ethics, metaphysical and religious philosophy, and aesthetics.

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