Wandering in Darkness Paperback

Narrative and the Problem of Suffering

by Eleonore Stump;


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Wandering in Darkness

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Only the most naive or tendentious among us would deny the extent and intensity of suffering in the world. Can one hold, consistently with the common view of suffering in the world, that there is an omniscient, omnipotent, perfectly good God? This book argues that one can. Wandering in Darkness first presents the moral psychology and value theory within which one typical traditional theodicy, namely, that of Thomas Aquinas, is embedded. It explicates Aquinas's account of the good for human beings, including the nature of love and union among persons. Eleonore Stump also makes use of developments in neurobiology and developmental psychology to illuminate the nature of such union. Stump then turns to an examination of narratives. In a methodological section focused on epistemological issues, the book uses recent research involving autism spectrum disorder to argue that some philosophical problems are best considered in the context of narratives. Using the methodology argued for, the book gives detailed, innovative exegeses of the stories of Job, Samson, Abraham and Isaac, and Mary of Bethany.In the context of these stories and against the backdrop of Aquinas's other views, Stump presents Aquinas's own theodicy, and shows that Aquinas's theodicy gives a powerful explanation for God's allowing suffering. She concludes by arguing that this explanation constitutes a consistent and cogent defense for the problem of suffering.

Wandering in Darkness by Eleonore Stump was published by Oxford University Press in September 2012 and is our 12142nd best seller. The ISBN for Wandering in Darkness is 9780199659302.

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Page last updated 8th June 2016
Author / Artist
Book FormatPaperback
PublisherOxford University Press (September 2012)
Weight1186g
Number of Pages688
Thickness39 mm
Height245 mm
Width170 mm
ISBN9780199659302
ISBN-100199659303
Product Code4024293
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