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Life’s Perennial Problems
Journal of Philosophy of Life Vol.8, No.1 (January 2018):1-19
This essay explores differing conceptions of life’s problems and the resources brought to bear in coping with such difficulties. I consider three paradigmatic conceptions: the problem of evil (in the West), the problem of ignorance/suffering (in the East), and the problem of affliction. I briefly outline these “perennial” problems from a soteriological point of view. The final sections of the paper consider the most serious of life’s difficulties, and draw some speculative implications from this perspective.