Simone Weil

1909 - 1943

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Simone Adolphine Weil ( VAY, French: [simɔn adɔlfin vɛj]; 3 February 1909 – 24 August 1943) was a French philosopher, mystic, and political activist. Since 1995, more than 2,500 scholarly works have been published about her, including close analyses and readings of her work. After her graduation from formal education, Weil became a teacher. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Simone Weil has received more than 2,111,793 page views. Her biography is available in 59 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 52 in 2019). Simone Weil is the 118th most popular philosopher (up from 142nd in 2019), the 244th most popular biography from France (up from 278th in 2019) and the 13th most popular French Philosopher.

Simone Weil is most famous for her essay "The Iliad, or the Poem of Force" which discusses the power of violence.

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Among philosophers, Simone Weil ranks 118 out of 1,267Before her are Bodhidharma, Antisthenes, William of Ockham, Henri de Saint-Simon, Pyrrho, and Johann Friedrich Herbart. After her are Chanakya, Tommaso Campanella, Mozi, Charles Fourier, John Venn, and Ramon Llull.

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Among people born in 1909, Simone Weil ranks 6Before her are Stepan Bandera, Nicholas Winton, Eugène Ionesco, Francis Bacon, and Osamu Dazai. After her are Juliana of the Netherlands, Peter Drucker, Victor Borge, U Thant, Kwame Nkrumah, and Rita Levi-Montalcini. Among people deceased in 1943, Simone Weil ranks 6Before her are Nikola Tesla, Sergei Rachmaninoff, David Hilbert, Isoroku Yamamoto, and Pieter Zeeman. After her are Karl Landsteiner, Camille Claudel, Henrik Pontoppidan, Boris III of Bulgaria, Theodor Eicke, and Sophie Scholl.

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Among people born in France, Simone Weil ranks 244 out of 6,770Before her are Jeanne Calment (1875), Philippe I, Duke of Orléans (1640), Louis-Ferdinand Céline (1894), Richard II of England (1367), Élisabeth Vigée Le Brun (1755), and Jean-Michel Jarre (1948). After her are Berthe Morisot (1841), Oscar I of Sweden (1799), Jean-Honoré Fragonard (1732), Pope Callixtus II (1065), Nicolas Léonard Sadi Carnot (1796), and Honoré Daumier (1808).


Among philosophers born in France, Simone Weil ranks 13Before her are Peter Abelard (1079), Pierre-Joseph Proudhon (1809), Jean Bodin (1530), Roland Barthes (1915), Gilles Deleuze (1925), and Henri de Saint-Simon (1760). After her are Charles Fourier (1772), Jean Buridan (1295), Jean Baudrillard (1929), Claude Adrien Helvétius (1715), Ernest Renan (1823), and Pierre Bayle (1647).