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Facing Up to Tragedy

Robert C. Solomon

in Spirituality for the Skeptic

Published in print April 2002 | ISBN: 9780195134674
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780199833733 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0195134672.003.0006
Facing Up to Tragedy

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The concept of the tragic sense of life has dropped out of the contemporary sensibility, but tragedy, of course, continues. We deny tragedy by blaming, often the victim. The problem is traced back to Saint Augustine's “Problem of Evil,” which challenges the goodness and power of God in the face of apparently meaningless human suffering. The search for meaning is the ultimate problem of tragedy.

Keywords: blame; evil; problem of evil; spirituality; tragedy; tragic sense of life

Chapter.  7022 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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