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Publication Date

Spring 2019


University of Texas at Austin Undergraduate Writing Center

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Praxis: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Faith and Justice

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This paper argues that Simone Weil developed an anthropology of the human condition that is a radical ontology of the human spirit rooted in reality. Weil begins her account from the real, but this real is not only the historical or social reality. It is also what is true about the human person as a created being in connection with the transcendent reality. She believes that affliction reveals the human condition and provides an openness to transcendence in which the individual finds the meaning of the human operation of spirit. Therefore, Weil’s radical ontology is based on a philosophy of the human being as an agent rooted in the world. In order to be rooted, a human being needs decreation (the creation of a new human) and incarnation (cross and love in the world). In her radical ontology derived from attention to the real, Weil argues for an active incarnation in social reality that recognizes others, especially the unfortunates, for the purpose of empowering them and promoting their dignity. Her radical ontology incarnates the human in the world between necessity and good, that is, between the natural and the supernatural.


Published version. Praxis: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Faith and Justice, Vol. 2, No. 1 (Spring 2019): 23-35. DOI. © 2019 University of Texas at Austin Undergraduate Writing Center. Used with permission.

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