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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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Faith and Sustenance without Contingency

Faith and Sustenance without Contingency

(p.98) 4 Faith and Sustenance without Contingency
How We Hope

Adrienne M. Martin

Princeton University Press

This chapter argues that there is a specification of hope that is both structured to close off suicide (literal or figurative) as an attractive option and immune to disappointment. This specification of hope is directed at an “unimaginable” outcome, or an outcome that outstrips our available concepts and has the marks of the attitude we often call “faith.” One might wonder if this means the loss of a crucial survival tool for atheists. However, the chapter contends that there is such a thing as secular faith, an attitude that has the sustaining power and immunity to disappointment of religious faith, but that does not presuppose any religious commitments. There is, then, a form of hope that is a unique bulwark against despair and capable of sustaining us through trials, no matter what comes.

Keywords:   faith, unimaginable outcome, secular faith, religious faith, disappointment, despair

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