The Need for Roots: Prelude to a Declaration of Obligations Towards the Human Being (Paperback)

The Need for Roots: Prelude to a Declaration of Obligations Towards the Human Being By Simone Weil, Ros Schwartz (Translated by), Dr. Kate Kirkpatrick (Introduction by) Cover Image
By Simone Weil, Ros Schwartz (Translated by), Dr. Kate Kirkpatrick (Introduction by)
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French philosopher Simone Weil's best known work that promotes mindful living and instructs readers how they can once again feel rooted, in a cultural and spiritual sense, to their environment
 
A Penguin Classic


One of the foremost French philosophers of the last century, Simone Weil has been described by André Gide as "the patron saint of all outsiders" and by Albert Camus as "the only great spirit of our time." In this, her most famous work, she diagnoses the malaise at the heart of modern life: uprootedness, from the past and from community. Written towards the end of World War II for the Free French Army, Weil's work is an indispensable and perpetually intriguing text for readers and students of philosophy everywhere. The book discusses the political, cultural and spiritual currents that ought to be nurtured so that people have access to sources of energy which will help them lead fulfilling, joyful and morally good lives.

About the Author


Simone Weil Simone Weil (1909-1943) was a French political activist, mystic, and a singular figure in French philosophy. She studied at the elite École Normale Supérieure, obtained her agrégation (teaching diploma) in philosophy in 1931, worked at Renault from 1934 to 1935, enlisted in the International Brigades in 1936 and worked as a farm laborer in 1941. She left France in 1942 for New York and then London, where she worked for General de Gaulle's Free French movement. Most of her works, published posthumously, consist of some notebooks and a collection of religious essays. They include, in English, Waiting for God (1951), Gravity and Grace (1952), The Need for Roots (1952), Notebooks (2 vol., 1956), Oppression and Liberty (1958), and Selected Essays, 1934-1943 (1962).

Praise For…


“As a philosopher chronicling the human predicament, Weil is profound, sublime, even euphoric…In The Need for Roots, what beguiles is not what she says but the extent to which she is a stirring monument to extremity.”
—Washington Post
Product Details
ISBN: 9780241467978
ISBN-10: 0241467977
Publisher: Penguin Classics
Publication Date: February 13th, 2024
Pages: 288
Language: English