The Beauty that Saves

The Beauty that Saves

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The Beauty That Saves, a collection of essays by many of the most prominent American and European scholars on Weil, begins with a foreword by well-known writer Vladimir Volkoff who discusses, in a very moving manner, qWhat Simone Weil Means to Me.q An introductory essay by Eric O. Springsted highlights the general character of Weil's thought and introduces the specific problematic of this collection. The first section addresses the subject of Weil on language. A key to understanding Weil's aesthetic is grasping how she understood language and its various usages. From within that understanding is contained a point d'appui of her philosophical thought as a whole. Her universe of meaning, its hierarchies, its subjection to necessity, its mystical intimacies, is not something she simply wrote about, it is contained in the way she wrote. With Weil's language established, the second section deals with Weil's explicit reflections on aesthetics, including essays on her sacramental imagery, morality and literature, music, and her classical reading of tragedy. As these essays point out, her aesthetic demands a moral and religious reading of the universe. The third section presents a number of specific Weilan readings of art, where what has been discussed in previous essays receives concrete application and illustration through essays on Weil and Wallace Stevens, music, and Georges Bernanos.Essays on Aesthetics and Language in Simone Weil Eric O. Springsted, John M. Dunaway. everything else. Thus she came to think, for example, of social life as having a distinct sort of order that is irreducible to anything else, one that isanbsp;...


Title:The Beauty that Saves
Author: Eric O. Springsted, John M. Dunaway
Publisher:Mercer University Press - 1996
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