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Title: 'Attentive Distance' in Love, in Light of Simone Weil's Thought
Author(s): RONCALLI, Elvira
Journal: Marriage, Families & Spirituality
Volume: 25 Issue: 1 Date: 2019
This essay is a reflection on lived out love as it might be experienced by lovers, in light of French philosopher Simone Weil’s writings on love. In entering a dialogue with Weil on the subject of love, the interconnectedness of love, beauty, and reality stands out as central. While the richness of Weil’s understanding of love is not exhausted here, this article shows that what I call 'attentive distance' is essential to lived out love understood as living, in a concrete, rather than an idealist or illusionary way. Only then is love real, although no less frail.