Dark matters: pessimism and the problem of suffering

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Dark Matters traces the dual traditions of philosophical pessimism and the problem of suffering, from roughly Bayle to Schopenhauer. It argues that pessimism is oriented crucially on a moral aim: to find a way of speaking of suffering that offers consolation and does justice to the fragility of life.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationPrinceton, NJ
PublisherPrinceton University Press
Number of pages450
ISBN (Electronic)9780691226156
ISBN (Print)9780691206622
Publication statusPublished - 16 Nov 2021


  • Philosophy
  • History of ideas
  • Intellectual history
  • Theology
  • Suffering
  • Pessimism
  • Problem of evil


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