Coping with the 'pointless suffering' of COVID-19

Dr Raj Persaud interviews Professor Scott Samuelson

60 minutes


June 2020

CPD podcast

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Academic, Clinical


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.


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