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A Mystical Response to Absurdity: A Study of Simone Weil’s Notebooks

Keywords: Nihilism , absurdism , Simone Weil , Mysticism

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The problems of nihilism and absurdism as presented in the works of absurdists which presuppose a bleak view of the world without transcendence are effectively tackled by turning to Simone Weil’s mystical thought which appropriates key absurdist premises in its transcendence-centred interpretation of knowledge and experience. Weil’s rereading of religion appropriates important criticisms from absurdist writers like Beckett and critics of traditional religion. It is possible to transcend absurdist impasse by turning to Weil. Notebooks of Weil are here read as providing important insights to address absurdist nihilist pessimist vision.

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