The Politics of Rootedness: On Simone Weil and George Orwell

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Simone Weil and George Orwell both reflected-at a time when liberalism and Christianity were being challenged-on how to provide rootedness to societies and how to provide a moral anchoring and collective inspiration. The chapter considers the extent to which religion plays an important role in these authors’ politics of rootedness. A comparison between them suggests that rather than worrying first about whether or not we need a religious revival, we should worry about whether individuals have the opportunity to enter into contact with beauty. For both Weil and Orwell, a society is well-rooted when there is a continuity between natural beauty and social life. As such, a politics of rootedness entails, in their view, a genuine search for the recognition of all members of a collectivity and, above all, the search for a way of learning again how to find nourishment in the beauty of the world.

Idioma originalAnglès
Títol de la publicacióSimone Weil, Beyond Ideology?
EditorSpringer International Publishing
Nombre de pàgines19
ISBN (electrònic)9783030484019
ISBN (imprès)9783030484002
Estat de la publicacióPublicada - 1 de gen. 2020


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