Forum Philosophicum

Volume 13, Issue 1, Spring 2008

John McDade
Pages 1-16

Simone Weil and Gerard Manley Hopkins on God, Affliction, Necessity and Sacrifice

Simone Weil's ideas on affliction and sacrifice have been interpreted by some as though they are the product of psychological problems. I will approach her writings on necessity and affliction through G. M. Hopkins' little prose masterpiece. Later I will suggest that she may be profitably related to some French spiritual writers in the 17th Century, who develop a link between the necessity of offering sacrifice to God and the radical contingency of created existence.