Why do we Suffer? Buddhism and the Problem of Evil

Philosophy Compass 10 (5):345-353 (2015)
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This paper explains the Buddhist concept of suffering and its relation to the Christian problem of evil. Although there is no problem of evil in Buddhism, the Buddhist understanding of the origin and causes of suffering will help us to find new approaches to the problem of evil. More specifically, I argue that the concept of evil can be interpreted in terms of dukkha; that the existence of suffering or dukkha is necessarily inevitable for finite beings, given the metaphysical structure of the world and ourselves; and that this reasoning can be interpreted as a defense against the problem of evil

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Sebastian Gäb
Ludwig Maximilians Universität, München


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