Keywords: suffering formative experience happyness

KMT 2018 nr 4 Download PDF

Complementarity between happiness and suffering

Cite: , Complementarity between happiness and suffering, "Kultura - Media - Teologia", 2018( 35) nr 4, s. 62-76.

DOI: 10.21697/kmt.35.4

The essay focuses on the mutual relations between the experience of happiness and suffering. The purpose of the following analysis is to show that the experience of happiness is in some special cases conditioned by the experience of suffering. By showing this, there has been also rejected the key thesis of hedonism, which claims that one should always avoid suffering at all cost. The article analyzes four cases of complementarity between happiness and suffering. Each of them refers to a particular area of interdependence of both categories: psychological, cognitive, moral and mystical.

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Karol Chrobak

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