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  • Published: 15 October 2014
  • ISBN: 9781590177815
  • Imprint: NY Review Books
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 96
  • RRP: $26.00

On The Abolition Of All Political Parties



An NYRB Classics Original

An NYRB Classics Original 

Simone Weil—philosopher, activist, mystic—is one of the most uncompromising of modern spiritual masters. In “On the Abolition of All Political Parties” she challenges the foundation of the modern liberal political order, making an argument that has particular resonance today, when the apathy and anger of the people and the self-serving partisanship of the political class present a threat to democracies all over the world. Dissecting the dynamic of power and propaganda caused by party spirit, the increasing disregard for truth in favor of opinion, and the consequent corruption of education, journalism, and art, Weil forcefully makes the case that a true politics can only begin where party spirit ends. 

This volume also includes an admiring portrait of Weil by the great poet Czeslaw Milosz and an essay about Weil’s friendship with Albert Camus by the translator Simon Leys.

  • Published: 15 October 2014
  • ISBN: 9781590177815
  • Imprint: NY Review Books
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 96
  • RRP: $26.00

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Praise for On The Abolition Of All Political Parties

“At a time when the distrust and disenchantment Americans feel with politics runs deeper than the Mariana Trench, Weil’s essay ‘On the Abolition of All Political Parties’ would no doubt be a best seller.” —Robert Zaretsky, from “Recalling the Apostle of Nonpartisanship,” The New York Times
 
“What makes her thought so special, so bracing and so strange, is its combination of philosophical rigour and spiritual compass...Only a saint could withstand the pressure to conform to the prefabricated morality of the political realm; only a genius could formulate an idea outside the ‘for’ or ‘against’ thinking so long inculcated by party politics that it has become a kind of ‘intellectual leprosy.’ The tone and texture of this vivid editorial, however, renews a certainty that Weil was both.” —The Australian
 
“Weil’s writing is unusual and compelling, in part, because it is both quite strictly rational and eccentrically spiritual. Her argumentation is so compact, so holistic, each sentence and paragraph building methodically on its predecessor, that trying to précis her is probably futile. To omit anything from a summary of her writing is to short-change her. She writes modestly and without flair, but her words all but radiate moral and intellectual conviction.” —Australian Book Review

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