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Variations on Simone Weil: European and North American Receptions of Her Antisemitica


October 22, 2014
4:15pm - 6:00pm
Hoffmann Room, Busch Hall
October 22, 2014
4:15pm - 6:00pm
Hoffmann Room, Busch Hall

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Paradoxically Simone Weil was both one of the most polarizing thinkers in the twentieth century and an important unifying figure for both left and right in post-war France. Some called her a pacifist saint and others as bad as Hitler. This talk argued that Weil's expressions of antisemitism, often eliminated in translation, were more tolerated in France because, having worked for both Petainists and Gaullistes, she became a vehicle for post-war reconciliation.

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