Seven ways of looking at pointless suffering : what philosophy can tell us about the hardest mystery of all
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Chicago : The University of Chicago Press, 2018.
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Book
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9780226407081, 022640708X
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270 pages ; 24 cm
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Adult (4th Floor) - Adult Nonfiction
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Chicago : The University of Chicago Press, 2018.
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English
ISBN
9780226407081, 022640708X
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40028178144

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It's right there in the Book of Job: "Man is born unto trouble as the sparks fly upward." Suffering is an inescapable part of the human condition -- which leads to a question that has proved just as inescapable: Why? Why do we suffer? Why do people die young? Is there any point to our pain, physical or emotional? Do horrors like hurricanes have meaning? In Seven Ways of Looking at Pointless Suffering, Scott Samuelson tackles that hardest question of all, traveling through the history of philosophy and religion, but he also attending closely to the everyday world we live in. While always taking the question of suffering seriously, Samuelson is just as likely to draw lessons from Bugs Bunny as from Confucius, from his time teaching philosophy to prisoners as from Hannah Arendt's attempts to come to terms with the Holocaust. He guides us with care and clarity through the centuries of arguments that have been offered to answer this fundamental question, explores the many ways that we have tried to minimize or eliminate suffering, and -- most important -- shows our attempts to find ways to live with pointless suffering. Ultimately, Samuelson shows, to be fully human means to acknowledge a mysterious paradox: we must simultaneously accept suffering and oppose it. And understanding that is itself a step towards acceptance.

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APA Citation, 7th Edition (style guide)

Samuelson, S. (2018). Seven ways of looking at pointless suffering: what philosophy can tell us about the hardest mystery of all . The University of Chicago Press.

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Samuelson, Scott. 2018. Seven Ways of Looking At Pointless Suffering: What Philosophy Can Tell Us About the Hardest Mystery of All. The University of Chicago Press.

Chicago / Turabian - Humanities (Notes and Bibliography) Citation, 17th Edition (style guide)

Samuelson, Scott. Seven Ways of Looking At Pointless Suffering: What Philosophy Can Tell Us About the Hardest Mystery of All The University of Chicago Press, 2018.

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Samuelson, Scott. Seven Ways of Looking At Pointless Suffering: What Philosophy Can Tell Us About the Hardest Mystery of All The University of Chicago Press, 2018.

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