Monday, 18 July 2016

Simone Weil: Geometry Problems and the Way, the Truth, and the Life

In April of 1942, the Catholic philosopher Simone Weil (1909-1943) wrote an essay on education for the Superior of the Dominicans of Montpellier, to help the Catholic pupils with whom he in turn was in contact. Mlle Weil's essay was available in English at Fontana Books by 1950, as "Reflections on the Right Use of School Studies", in the collection Waiting on God (in a translation by E.Craufurd). Here is what she has to say on p. 73: The solution of a geometry problem  /.../  is a pure image of the unique, eternal and living Truth, the very Truth which once in a human voice declared "I am the Truth". - The photograph, from, shows Mlle Weil's wartime identity card,
as issued by the Free French government-in-exile. 

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