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The Origin of the PoliticalHannah Arendt or Simone Weil?$
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Roberto Esposito

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780823276264

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823276264.001.0001

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(p.36) 7 Nothingness
The Origin of the Political

Roberto Esposito

, Vincenzo Binetti, Gareth Williams
Fordham University Press

This chapter argues that for Weil, origin does not collapse under the weight of historical catastrophe, but this is not so because history—in particular, modern history—is conceived in more positive terms. On the contrary, we could say that in many ways Weil emphasizes origin's negative characteristics. It is merely that, unlike Arendt, the negative in Weil does not affect origin from the outside principally because it is already embroiled in it. The modern therefore is not ailing because it betrays origin, but precisely because it fulfills it in all its unbearably antinomic features. Weil remains within the semantic frame of creation but submits it to an internal displacement—a true overturning of perspective—that leads to radical consequences.

Keywords:   Simone Weil, origin, creation, modern, philosophy

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