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Uprooting and Integration in the Writings of Simone Weil

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Betty McLane-Iles

This interdisciplinary study reviews the entirety of Simone Weil's writings on philosophy, history, science, religion, language, folklore and literature in order to give a total perspective of Weil's extensive contributions to twentieth-century thought. In each of these fields, the forces of uprooting and integration move towards a resolution of the problem of estrangement.
The extent of Weil's study of the problem of alienation has long been underestimated and so has the value of her contributions. Among these were her role in the formulation of modern existentialist philosophies, her involvement with the crisis of determinism and her refusal of discontinuous forms of probability that had led to quantum mechanics, her denunciation of colonial policies and the bureaucratization of power and labor, and her search for original meaning in language, mythology and poetic expression.
This study is an exploration of each of these areas in Weil's writings and the contribution of each to the dialectical power of the forces of uprooting and integration.
Contents: Study of Weil's examination of the problem of alienation through an exploration of the complexity of movements of uprooting and integration in her writings on philosophy, history, science, religion, language and mythology.