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van Hooft, Stan 2011, Hope, Acumen Publishing Ltd, Durham, England.

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Title Hope
Author(s) van Hooft, Stan
Publication date 2011
Series The art of living
Total pages 176 p.
Publisher Acumen Publishing Ltd
Place of Publication Durham, England
Summary From the now iconic Barack Obama "Hope" poster of the 2008 presidential campaign to the pit-head "Camp Hope" of the families of the trapped Chilean miners, the language of hope can be hugely powerful as it draws on resources that are uniquely human and universal. We are beings who hope. But what does that say about us? What is hope and what role does it play in our lives?

In his fascinating and thought-provoking investigation into the meaning of hope, Stan van Hooft shows that hope is a fundamental structure of the way we live our lives. For Aristotle being hopeful was part of a well-lived life, a virtue. For Aquinas it was a fundamentally theological virtue and for Kant a basic moral motivation. It shapes how we view ourselves and the world in which we live. Whether we hope for a life after death or for good weather tomorrow – whether our hopes are grand or humble – hoping is part of our outlook on life. What we hope for defines who we are.

Drawing on everyday examples as well as more detailed discussion of hope in the arenas of medicine, politics and religion, van Hooft shows how hopefulness in not the same as hope and offers a convincing and powerful defense of the need for realism. There are few contemporary philosophical discussions of hope and Stan van Hooft’s book offers an accessible and insightful discussion of the topic that shows the relevance of philosophical thinking and distinctions to this important aspect of human life.
ISBN 1844652602
9781844652600
Language eng
Field of Research 220319 Social Philosophy
Socio Economic Objective 950499 Religion and Ethics not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category A1 Books - authored - research
Copyright notice ©2011, Acumen Publishing
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