Dr. Smadar Bustan, is a philosopher and an experimentalist who has been conducting laboratory studies on pain and suffering at the University of Luxembourg. She is the Founder and Coordinator of the Interdisciplinary and International Program on Suffering and Pain. In 2005, she received a PhD in philosophy from both the Sorbonne (Paris 4) and the University of Tel-Aviv (summa cum laude). As a visiting scholar at the philosophy department at Harvard University, she collaborated with Hilary Putnam. Her research and publications cover the fields of phenomenology, ethics and mind-body theories. She is working on a theory on Pain-Suffering that was tested experimentally in the framework of the PASCOM collaborative project between the University of Luxembourg and Central Institute of Mental Health, Mannheim, Germany. She is currently developing a pain and suffering diagnostic tool combining philosophical, psychobiological and clinical methodologies. Awards: Sachs Fellow (Harvard University), European Science Foundation grant [EW08-024].


University of Luxembourg

Principal Faculty:

School for Health

Principal Department/Program:

Pain laboratory

Key Publications:

1. Bustan S. editor (2016), Fundamental Transdisciplinary Questions on Suffering and Pain, 24 authors, 11 chapters, 550 pages, Springer New York. 2. Bustan S. (2014), De l’intellectualisme à l’éthique – Emmanuel Levinas et la phénoménologie d’Edmund Husserl, Bruxelles: Ousia, 478 pages. 3. Bustan S. (2016). «Voicing pain and suffering through linguistic agents: nuancing Elaine Scarry’s view on the inability to express pain», Subjectivity Special Issue: The contemporary making and unmaking of Elaine Scarry’s ‘The Body in Pain’, 15 pages, in press. 4. Bustan S. (2015), «SUFFERING – a premise for the social & political thought», Journal Zeitschrift für kritische Sozialtheorie und Philosophie, 35 pages, in press. 5. Bustan S., Gonzalez-Roldan A. M., Kamping S., Brunner M., Löffler M., H. Flor & F. Anton (2015). «Suffering as an independent component of the experience of pain», European Journal of Pain (EURJPAIN-D-14-00555R1).