In her famous essay, the iliad, or the poem of force, the french philosopher simone weil treated homer's poem as an exploration of how human beings can be subjugated to brute force she also saw the recognition of this fact as a necessary step toward compassion—something that, as a christian theologian, was deeply important to her.
Simone weil's the iliad or the poem of force by simone weil, 9780820463612, available at book depository with free delivery worldwide.
Simone weil, a brilliant young teacher, philosopher, and social activist, wrote the essay, the ‘iliad’ or the poem of force at france at the beginning of world war ii her profound meditation on the nature of violence provides a remarkably vivid and accessible testament of the greek epic’s continuing relevance to our lives. To differentiate weil’s writing from passages of from the iliad, the text is set in monotype van dijck and univers 56 in black and burgundy ink, respectively sharing her love for the the iliad and her views of the corrupting nature and futility of force, i’m sure i will be back to reread this essay many times that makes owning the book in such an elegant and nicely designed edition even sweeter.
“the true hero, the true subject, the center of the iliad is force” the first sentence of the iliad thus proclaims weil’s principal thesis with a directness typical of her writing nearly everything that follows is evidence adduced to support the thesis.