Anselm Ramelow

Anselm Ramelow

Professor of Philosophy; Senior Fellow, Berkeley Institute


Why We Suffer


If there is one undisputedly universal feature of human existence, it is that we all suffer. Suffering and its causes are called “evil,” and we would like to know what it is and why it happens to us and our fellow creatures. Indeed, suffering seems to be exacerbated by our inability to understand its meaning.  How can we make sense of the pain, suffering, and evil that surrounds us? What are their ultimate causes or reasons? Are they compatible with a good God? In this seminar, we will reflect on these questions with the help of some suggestive texts. No previous study of philosophy is required.

Dates: Wednesdays on April 1, 8, 15, 22
Time: 5:30-7:00pm

Readings and Discussion Schedule:

4/1: The Problem and Our Experience 
4/8: Suffering and Higher Goods
4/15: The Emotional vs. the Intellectual Problem
4/22: Thomas Aquinas on Death and Evil

Location:  2134 Allston Way

**This seminar is free and open to all Cal, GTU, and St. Mary’s students.