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How We HopeA Moral Psychology$
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Adrienne M. Martin

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780691151526

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691151526.001.0001

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Suicide and Sustenance

Suicide and Sustenance

(p.72) 3 Suicide and Sustenance
How We Hope

Adrienne M. Martin

Princeton University Press

This chapter considers the implications of the incorporation analysis for the role of hope in influencing motivation. It focuses on hope in the context of a “trial”—an extreme challenge to one's ability to live well or flourish, a circumstance that makes literal or figurative suicide tempting—but this chapter's argument extends to less profound circumstances, as well. The chapter argues that hope has the potential to influence motivation in an interesting and distinctive variety of ways, but that its influence is, for the most part, contingent: hope is not, in itself, a uniquely powerful or reliable form of sustenance.

Keywords:   motivation, suicide, hopeful imaginations, incorporation analysis, sustenance, trial

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