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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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Human Passivity, Agency, and Hope

Human Passivity, Agency, and Hope

(p.141) Conclusion Human Passivity, Agency, and Hope
How We Hope

Adrienne M. Martin

Princeton University Press

This concluding chapter makes several arguments. It stresses that hope deserves rather a different reputation than it has. On the one hand, it does not deserve a reputation as either unqualifiedly good or unqualifiedly reliable. Its relation to rational action and a good life is more complex. On the other hand, it is of far deeper philosophical interest and significance than most have recognized. It is revelatory of the structures and operations of reflective human consciousness, and it can be a strategically valuable response to the fact that we are creatures with animal attractions, with the capacity for rational deliberation and choice, and the capacity to be aware of our own epistemic and agential limitations. The chapter pulls together these points and outlines recommendations for the philosophy of psychology and the emotions that follow from this investigation of hope.

Keywords:   hope, rational action, philosophical inquiry, reflective human consciousness, philosophy of psychology, good life, rational deliberation, rational choice

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