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010107 SE Simone Weil - Mysticism and Politics (2020W)

5.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 1 - Katholische Theologie
Continuous assessment of course work


Note: The time of your registration within the registration period has no effect on the allocation of places (no first come, first serve).


Language: German


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Achtung, die Seminareinheiten im Jänner finden weiterhin digital synchron statt!
Update 2.11.2020: Die Lehrveranstaltung wird ab sofort digital synchron über Zoom zur Lehrveranstaltungszeit abgehalten.

ACHTUNG, die erste Einheit am 8.10. findet auf Wunsch der Fakultät / Universitäts-Leitung online statt. Informationen siehe Moodle-Kurs bzw. Aussendung von Dr. Lehmann.
Das Seminar soll nach Möglichkeit als Präsenzveranstaltung stattfinden. Die Teilnehmerzahl ist auf 20 begrenzt. Sollte es die allgemeine Situation verlangen, wird das Seminar digital weitergeführt. Die Studierenden werden rechtzeitig darüber verständigt.
ACHTUNG, wer angemeldet ist und in der ersten Einheit unentschuldigt fehlt, wird abgemeldet. Eine Abmeldung ist innerhalb der Frist möglich bis 15.10.2020, danach nur in begründeten Einzelfällen.

Thursday 08.10. 11:30 - 13:00 Prominentenzimmer Tiefparterre Hauptgebäude Hof 4
Thursday 15.10. 11:30 - 13:00 Prominentenzimmer Tiefparterre Hauptgebäude Hof 4
Thursday 22.10. 11:30 - 13:00 Prominentenzimmer Tiefparterre Hauptgebäude Hof 4
Thursday 29.10. 11:30 - 13:00 Prominentenzimmer Tiefparterre Hauptgebäude Hof 4
Thursday 05.11. 11:30 - 13:00 Digital
Thursday 12.11. 11:30 - 13:00 Digital
Thursday 19.11. 11:30 - 13:00 Digital
Thursday 26.11. 11:30 - 13:00 Digital
Thursday 03.12. 11:30 - 13:00 Digital
Thursday 10.12. 11:30 - 13:00 Digital
Thursday 17.12. 11:30 - 13:00 Digital
Thursday 07.01. 11:30 - 13:00 Prominentenzimmer Tiefparterre Hauptgebäude Hof 4
Thursday 14.01. 11:30 - 13:00 Prominentenzimmer Tiefparterre Hauptgebäude Hof 4
Thursday 21.01. 11:30 - 13:00 Prominentenzimmer Tiefparterre Hauptgebäude Hof 4


Aims, contents and method of the course

Simone Weil's thinking in a unique way combines illusion-free political judgment, an unwavering sense of justice, and the uncompromising search for spiritual truth. This mixture produces distinctive results where Weil considers concrete political and ethical questions in the light of mystical experience. It opens up the perspective of a mystical politics, which Weil develops under the influence of the history of violence of the 1930s and 1940s, but which also seems to be of relevance today.

In the seminar, we will examine the genesis and implications of Weil's mystical-political thinking. We will discuss the ambivalent, if not problematic aspects of Weil's reflections, as well as the question to what extent her approach might provide answers to the current political and cultural situation.

The seminar is a reading only seminar without student presentations. The focus will be on selected writings of Weil. In addition, we will include authors who are either in productive tension with Weil or who think her approach further.

Assessment and permitted materials

• Regular participation
• Careful preparation of the reading in question
• Written paper (10-15 pages)

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

• Regular participation
• Formally careful and concise, if possible original written paper
• Regular participation in the seminar discussion

Examination topics

Seminar topics.

Reading list

To be announced at the beginning of the seminar.

Association in the course directory

für 011 (15W) FTH 17 oder FTH 26, 198 418 BA UF RK 16, 199 518 MA UF RK 02 oder RK 05, 033 195 (17W) BRP 18krp, BRP 18ktb, auslaufende Studienpläne: für 011 (11W) D31 oder DAM

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