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Michael Ignatieff on Consolation

In Conversation With Hannah MacInnes

73 mins watch time

Posted January 2022

Culture

Michael Ignatieff joins us to reflect upon a philosophical question touching upon each of our lives: how do we console one other and ourselves in an age of unbelief?

When we lose someone we love, when we suffer loss or defeat, when catastrophe strikes—war, famine, pandemic—we go in search of consolation. In this moving and moving exploration of this essential idea, Ignatieff shows how men and women in extremity have looked to each other across time to recover hope and resilience.