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The Concept of Suffering as a Philosophical Question

Student: Aliona Bardetkaia

Supervisor: Svetlana Klimova

Faculty: Faculty of Humanities

Educational Programme: Philosophy (Bachelor)

Year of Graduation: 2019

Concept of suffering plays fundamental role for the various religion doctrines, however I will lay substantive emphasis on the philosophical aspect of this concept. In the history of philosophy, not many thinkers have considered “suffering” as a special separate subject of their study. During XIX century, however, it becomes more important for philosophical studies. In the first place it is related to the irrationalism, that was represented for the first time by Arthur Schopenhauer. Against the background of prevailed irrationalism in Russia appeared their concept of suffering, developed by thinker Fyodor Dostoevsky. My choice stems from recognition of the fact, that both German and Russian philosopher considered “suffering” as a special subject of their study. I will try to find some similar points of Dostoevsky’s and Schopenhauer’s views and will define some new thoughts, expressed by Russian philosopher. The final goal of my thesis is to identify transformations of the term ‘suffering’ and detach certain crucial advanced points for this concept, suggested by Russian writer.

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