What May I Hope? Why It Can Be Rational to Rely on One’s Hope

European Journal for Philosophy of Religion 6 (3):117--129 (2014)
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In hoping, what is important to us seems possible, which makes our life appear meaningful and motivates us to do everything within our reach to bring about the things that we hope for. I argue that it can be rational to rely on one’s hope: hope can deceive us, but it can also represent things correctly to us. I start with Philip Pettit’s view that hope is a cognitive resolve. I reject this view and suggest instead that hope is an emotion: hope is a felt evaluation for which we can define a corresponding character trait which in its turn qualifies as a virtue if it is felt whenever its correctness conditions are satisfied. For religious hope in particular it follows from my analysis that, if I believe, I may hope.



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Sabine Döring
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Human, All Too Human.Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche - 1908 - New York: Cambridge University Press. Edited by R. J. Hollingdale.
Hope and its Place in Mind.Phillip Pettit - 2004 - Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science (1):152--165.

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