chapter  4
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Liberty

Simone Weil’s thinking on liberty underwent a profound development over the course of her

life, yet throughout this development she was fundamentally concerned to identify the

weaknesses of our inherited traditions to generate an adequate grasp or a meaningful

conception of liberty. For Weil this task was crucial because if we have an unreal sense

of liberty, our efforts to attain it will be misdirected or, worse, will themselves undermine

our aspirations to freedom by generating different and deeper structures of subordination.