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Simone Weil

1909 - 1943

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Simone Adolphine Weil ( VAY, French: [simɔn vɛj] (listen); 3 February 1909 – 24 August 1943) was a French philosopher, mystic and political activist. Over 2,500 scholarly works have been published about her, including close analyses and readings of her work, since 1995.After her graduation from formal education, Weil became a teacher. She taught intermittently throughout the 1930s, taking several breaks due to poor health and to devote herself to political activism. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Simone Weil has received more than 1,627,533 page views. Her biography is available in 52 different languages on Wikipedia. Simone Weil is the 144th most popular philosopher (up from 148th in 2019), the 278th most popular biography from France (up from 301st in 2019) and the 14th 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 144 out of 1,081Before her are John Rawls, Isocrates, Zhu Xi, Edith Stein, Jiddu Krishnamurti, and Clement of Alexandria. After her are György Lukács, Martin Buber, Hans Kelsen, Duns Scotus, Alexander Gottlieb Baumgarten, and Kabir.

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Among people born in 1909, Simone Weil ranks 6Before her are Stepan Bandera, Eugène Ionesco, Osamu Dazai, Juliana of the Netherlands, and Peter Drucker. After her are Andrei Gromyko, Mohammed Daoud Khan, Francis Bacon, Victor Borge, Nicholas Winton, and U Thant. Among people deceased in 1943, Simone Weil ranks 8Before her are Sergei Rachmaninoff, David Hilbert, Karl Landsteiner, Isoroku Yamamoto, Pieter Zeeman, and Camille Claudel. After her are Boris III of Bulgaria, Henrik Pontoppidan, Theodor Eicke, Yakov Dzhugashvili, Sophie Scholl, and Henri La Fontaine.

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Among people born in France, Simone Weil ranks 278 out of 6,011Before her are Camille Claudel (1864), John the Fearless (1371), Jean Gabin (1904), Françoise-Athénaïs de Rochechouart, Marquise de Montespan (1640), Gabriel Fauré (1845), and Henry I of France (1008). After her are Germaine de Staël (1766), Pope Urban IV (1185), Louis Antoine de Saint-Just (1767), Anne of Brittany (1477), Élisabeth Vigée Le Brun (1755), and Claude Lorrain (1600).


Among philosophers born in France, Simone Weil ranks 14Before her are Jean Bodin (1530), Pierre-Joseph Proudhon (1809), Roland Barthes (1915), Henri de Saint-Simon (1760), Charles Fourier (1772), and Gilles Deleuze (1925). After her are Jean Baudrillard (1929), Maurice Merleau-Ponty (1908), Paul Ricœur (1913), Jean Buridan (1295), Julien Offray de La Mettrie (1709), and Pierre Gassendi (1592).