Clinical Ethics 15 (4):167-174 (2020)

Adam Kadlac
Wake Forest University
I contend that hope can be of significant value to individuals even as they acknowledge that there is no cure for their affliction. In particular, I argue that it is good for such patients to hope for a meaningful quality of life in their remaining days and a good death. If this thesis is on target, then there is an important place for clinicians to employ the language of hope with reference to ends other than a cure. I then conclude with a few schematic comments on how the clinical aims discussed here might figure in a broader understanding of hope as a virtue.
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