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Earth’s Lament: Suffering, Hope, and Wisdom

“It is astonishing how few traces of human suffering one notices in the history of philosophy.”[1] That was Theodor Adorno’s comment in the mid-1960s, around the time that the Institute for Christian Studies (ICS) appointed my predecessor in systematic philosophy, Hendrik Hart, as its first faculty member.[2] I should like to reflect on Adorno’s perceptive comment. I want to ask why Western philosophy carries so few traces of human suffering. I also want to consider what... Read More