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Suffering and Virtue

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2019.04.29 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Michael S. Brady, Suffering and Virtue, Oxford University Press, 2018, 178pp., $55.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780198812807. Reviewed by Erica Lucast Stonestreet, College of St. Benedict/St. John's University For creatures like us, suffering is an inevitable part of life. Yet we have clashing intuitions about its value: on the one hand, all suffering seems bad; this is part of the very notion of suffering. On the other hand, some suffering seems to be good, because it can fortify us in various ways. In this book, Michael Brady defends the value of some suffering because of its role in cultivating and expressing virtues that are essential to a good life for human beings. Brady's extremely clear and careful account of suffering and its value is a demonstration of how philosophy can be therapeutic: if we can absorb the lessons he is offering, we may find our lives more bearable... Read More

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