|Simone Weil in 1921.|
The essay we will look at on Monday, "Human Personality," was one of the last pieces Weil wrote before her untimely death in London in the summer of 1943 at the age of 34. Commentators have written that Weil's unusual life and times have diverted attention away from her thinking and writing. It is in many ways easier, after all, to focus on a fascinating life than to tease apart the complex ideas that are the product of that life. "Human Personality" is considered an excellent synopsis of many of Weil's original ideas. So far from expressing an idealized love of "humanity," the essay displays the warmth and the love Simone Weil had for the living and breathing people with whom she came in contact.