Do we need political parties?

A round table discussion of Simone Weil’s On the Abolition of All Political Parties

Wednesday 26 June 2013

A round table discussion, hosted by the Independent Scholars Association of Australia (ISAA) , of Simone Weil’s essay, On the Abolition of All Political Parties. In what seems to be the parlous state of current political discourse, this book, newly translated by Simon Leys for the first time into English, seems particularly relevant. This essay by the remarkable Simone Weil – philosopher, activist, mystic – makes a case for the corrupting effect of political parties on political life, and calls for their abolition. This is, according to the publisher Black Inc, a dazzling account of the perils of political conformity, written with brilliant clarity and wit. Also in the book is an essay by the Nobel Prize winner Czeslav Milosz ‘On the importance of Simone Weil’ and an essay by Leys on the influence of Weil, especially on Albert Camus.

The Independent Scholars Association of Australia (ISAA) has organised a discussion of her thesis that political parties of necessity lead to a corruption of political life.

After a brief introduction by Ian Keese, Immediate Paste President of ISAA, all participants will be invited to take part in the disccssion of her thesis

Date: Wednesday 26th of June 2013

Time: 5:00pm – 6:00pm

Cost: Free, booking essential

Location: Group Study Room, Melbourne City Library, Flinders Lane (between Swanston and Elizabeth Streets)

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