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dc.contributor.authorHammer, Dean
dc.contributor.authorKicey, Michael
dc.date.accessioned2019-08-16T18:23:35Z
dc.date.available2019-08-16T18:23:35Z
dc.date.copyright2010
dc.date.issued2010-02-25
dc.identifier10.1017/S0034670509990970
dc.identifier.citationHammer, D., & Kicey, M.A. (2010). Simone Weil's Iliad: The Power of Words. The Review of Politics, 72(1), 79-96. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0034670509990970
dc.identifier.issn0034-6705
dc.identifier.issn1748-6858
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10477/80127
dc.description.abstractSimone Weil's work has always been appreciated for its evocative beauty, but not always for its potential contributions to political thought. In this essay, we engage in a reappraisal of her political thought, and of her relevance to contemporary politics, by way of her discussion of the power of words. Weil shares much with contemporary approaches that view the world as a text to be interpreted. But for Weil, the power of interpretation carries with it an illusion, exemplified in Weil's example of Achilles watching over his war-work, in which the world can be seen, measured, and shaped according to one's will. For Weil, the illusion of control that accompanies this perspective is undermined by our encounter with a world of physical causes and sensations that impact us, quite without us being able to control them.
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dc.languageEnglish
dc.language.isoen
dc.publisherCambridge University Press
dc.rightsThis article has been previously published in The Review of Politics [https://doi.org/10.1017/S0034670509990970]. This version is free to view and download for private research and study only. Not for re-distribution, re-sale or use in derivative works. © 2010 University of Notre Dame
dc.subjectSimone Weil
dc.subjectIliad
dc.subjectHomer
dc.subjectpolitical theory
dc.subjectsensation
dc.subjectpower
dc.subject.lcshWeil, Simone, 1909-1943
dc.subject.lcshIliad of Homer
dc.subject.lcshHomer
dc.titleSimone Weil's Iliad: The Power of Wordsen_US
dc.typeArticle
dc.rights.holderUniversity of Notre Dame


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