Can We Learn from Suffering? (Public lecture, London School of Economics, 24 October 2016)

The ‘most depressing lesson’ of suffering, Slavoj Žižek writes, is that ‘there is nothing to be learned from it’. Is Žižek’s bleak view convincing, or is there evidence to suggest that suffering can educate or even improve us? If so, do some types of physical or mental suffering have more value than others? What is it that we Read the full article…

Reviewer needed: ‘A Passion for Society: How we Think about Human Suffering’ by Iain Wilkinson and Arthur Kleinman

We are pleased to offer for review ‘A Passion for Society: How we Think about Human Suffering‘ by Iain Wilkinson and Arthur Kleinman (UCPress, 2016). Expressions of interest are welcome from across the medical humanities. What does human suffering mean for society? And how has this meaning changed from the past to the present? In what ways Read the full article…