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With the current COVID-19 pandemic appearing to inflict suffering indiscriminately, age-old questions have come to the fore, like “why do we suffer?, why do people die young?, is there any point to our physical and emotional pain?”. In his 2018 book, ‘Seven Ways of Looking at Pointless Suffering’, Professor Scott Samuelson examines the various philosophies of suffering and attempts to tackle these hardest questions of all. Here he talks to Dr Raj Persaud about the conclusions he has drawn from these theories, and how this may help us to cope with suffering at this challenging time.
Date published: 5 June 2020
Presenter: Dr Raj
Interviewee: Professor Scott Samuelson
Audio running time: 55 minutes
By the end of this podcast, we hope you will have
gained an understanding of:
some of the historical and
more modern philosophies of our relationship with suffering
the personal growth that can
be obtained by confronting 'pointless' suffering
how doctors can support their
patients during times when there is no easy answer or cure.
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