Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Simone Weil and Marshall McLuhan

Arts & Letters Daily links to two articles on the pair of Catholic intellectual giants.

"Like early medieval mystics, Saint Teresa of Avila or Saint John of the Cross, she prayed that her individuality be obliterated by the necessities of toil, that her intelligence might be extinguished through punishing physical fatigue," says the Lapham's Quaterly's Peter Foges of the amazing woman who "drew close to the Catholic Church in her later years, but resisted the final baptismal step" — The Mystique Of The Manual.

"How Catholicism made Marshall McLuhan one of the twentieth century’s freest and finest thinkers," explained by The Walrus's Jeet Heer, who notes that "although he joined the Church as a refuge, his faith gave him a framework for becoming more hopeful and engaged with modernity" — Divine Inspiration.

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Blogger Political Atheist said...

Thanks for posting these links. The work of Simone Weil has had a deep influence on my studies of politics and literature. My book owes much to her essays and aphorisms:

http://www.upress.umn.edu/Books/P/paik_utopia.html

2:09 PM  
Blogger The Western Confucian said...

You're welcome. Your book looks quite interesting.

4:07 PM  
Blogger Steve Hayes said...

Thanks for the reminder of the centenary. McLuhan was the Catholic who led me to Orthodoxy.

3:50 PM  

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