Negative faith : the moment of God’s absence : Simone Weil on affliction

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dc.contributor.advisor Bowlby, Paul William Reid, 1944-
dc.creator Abdullah, Sarwar Ahmed
dc.date.accessioned 2015-07-31T13:45:46Z
dc.date.available 2015-07-31T13:45:46Z
dc.date.issued 2014
dc.identifier.other B2430 W474 A63 2014
dc.identifier.uri http://library2.smu.ca/xmlui/handle/01/26275
dc.description v, 100 leaves ; 29 cm.
dc.description Includes abstract.
dc.description Includes bibliographical references (leaves 95-100).
dc.description.abstract This thesis focuses on Simone Weil’s philosophical, ethical, and religious perspectives on affliction by clarifying the essential difference between what is necessary and what is good. According to Weil, reality is governed by blind physical and moral necessities. She claims that we experience necessity as constraint and constraint as suffering. But affliction, she claims, is something essentially different; it is not reducible to mere suffering. I will argue that Weil’s conception of affliction can be best understood as a momentarily ‘numinous experience’ of God’s absence or the feeling of the absolute good. Numinous experience, according to Rudolf Otto, is a kind of experience which contains a quite specific moment and which remains ineffable. What is ineffable can only be felt. That is, Weil’s investigation of affliction concentrates on the feeling response to the absence or silence of God, the feeling which remains where language fails. en_CA
dc.language.iso en en_CA
dc.publisher Halifax, N.S. : Saint Mary's University
dc.subject.lcc B2430.W474
dc.subject.lcsh Weil, Simone,1909-1943 -- Criticism and interpretation
dc.subject.lcsh Weil, Simone,1909-1943 -- Religion
dc.subject.lcsh Suffering -- Religious aspects
dc.title Negative faith : the moment of God’s absence : Simone Weil on affliction en_CA
dc.type Text en_CA
thesis.degree.name Master of Arts in Theology and Religious Studies
thesis.degree.level Masters
thesis.degree.discipline Religious Studies
thesis.degree.grantor Saint Mary's University (Halifax, N.S.)


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