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Suffering

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Malpas, J, Suffering, Encyclopedia of Global Bioethics, United Kingdom, pp. 1-10 (2015) [Entry]


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Abstract

The topic of suffering encompasses an enormous range of issues. In this discussion the focus will be is on two key sets of questions: the nature and definition of suffering and the nature of the responses to suffering. At its broadest, suffering is taken to be identical with any negative or "unpleasant" experience, but such a conception suffering gives rise to several problems. On a more nuanced account, suffering is tied to a disruption or potential disruption to the integrity of the person. The differences between these two accounts are themselves tied to differences in responses to suffering and in approaches to the relief of suffering. As it is central to any attempt to understand human being in the world, the topic of suffering is central within bioethics but also a challenge to it.

Item Details

Item Type:Entry
Research Division:Philosophy and Religious Studies
Research Group:Philosophy
Research Field:Philosophy not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding Knowledge in Philosophy and Religious Studies
Author:Malpas, J (Professor Jeff Malpas)
ID Code:105085
Year Published:2015
Deposited By:Humanities
Deposited On:2015-12-07
Last Modified:2016-09-27
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