Perspectives on Human Suffering

  • Jeff Malpas
  • Norelle Lickiss

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages 1-1
  2. Philosophical Considerations

  3. Humanities Approaches

  4. Legal, Medical and Therapeutic Contexts

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 205-205

About this book


This volume brings together a range of interdisciplinary perspectives on a topic of central importance, but which has otherwise tended to be approached from within just one or another disciplinary framework. Most of the essays contained here incorporate some degree of interdisciplinarity in their own approach, but the volume nevertheless divides into three main sections: Philosophical considerations; Humanities approaches; Legal, medical, and therapeutic contexts.

The volume includes essays by philosophers, medical practitioners and researchers, historians, lawyers, literary, Classical, and Judaic scholars. The essays are united by a common concern with the question of the human character of suffering, and the demands that suffering, and the recognition of suffering, make upon us.


Hannah Arendt and suffering Humane Politics Levinas and Suffering Philoctetes and suffering Suffering and compassion Suffering and forgiveness Value of suffering dignity and suffering history and suffering human suffering neuroscience and suffering pain and suffering perspectives on suffering philosophy of suffering politics and suffering suffering and judaism suffering and law

Editors and affiliations

  • Jeff Malpas
    • 1
  • Norelle Lickiss
    • 2
  1. 1., School of Philosophy - Private Bag 41University of TasmaniaHobartAustralia
  2. 2., School of Philosophy - Private Bag 41University of TasmaniaHobartAustralia

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2012
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Humanities, Social Sciences and Law
  • Print ISBN 978-94-007-2794-6
  • Online ISBN 978-94-007-2795-3
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