Simone Weil
Notebooks (February-June 1942)


Simone Weil (1909-1943), who embodied the image of the hero of her tragic time — the hero of an absolute act in the midst of hopelessness, absurdity and abandonment by God, not only gained fame as a great religious philosopher who went from Marxism and atheism to the ultimate forms of Christian asceticism, but also became Kierkegaard's "knight of faith", whose paradoxical thought and actions became a kind of foundation for the moral survival of European civilization after the two world wars. The first Russian translation of Simone Weil's selected "Notebooks", with a detailed historical, cultural and philosophical commentary, finally introduces this unique collection of ideas, equivalent to Montaigne's "Experiments" and Pascal's "Thoughts", into Russian intellectual usage. A holistic concept of ethics, aesthetics and politics, designed to resist any form of enslavement of consciousness, reflections on the theme of the renewal of European civilization seem incredibly relevant. The publication is accompanied by an introductory article and comments by Pyotr Epifanov, who has been studying the philosopher's legacy for more than a decade. The third volume of "Notebooks" is a continuation of the project started by the Publishing House of Ivan Limbach in 2016.

ISBN 978-5-89059-360-3