On January 23, 2022, Ekpyrosis Press sponsored the global roundtable, “Weltschmerz: A Discourse on a Global Condition.” As discussed by the participants, the concept of “Weltschmerz,” or “world pain,” plagues much of the modern world. It is an existential fatigue that causes many to question the purpose of living. Why, we ask, has modernity created so much pain in the world? Why does it invade our lifeworld? Why can we no longer be happy? The participants included Dr. Dustin J. Byrd, Dr. Seyed Javad Miri, Dr. Toraj Gilbert Moradi, Dr. Mehdi Shariati, and Dr. Rudolf J. Siebert. The event was co-sponsored by the Institute for Critical Social Theory.

Weltschmerz: A Discourse on a Global Condition

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