Canadian Journal of Philosophy 49 (5):710-729 (2019)

Michael Milona
Ryerson University
This paper defends a theory of hope according to which hopes are composed of a desire and a belief that the object of the desire is possible. Although belief plus desire theories of hope are now widely rejected, this is due to important oversights. One is a failure to recognize the relation that hope-constituting desires and beliefs must stand in to constitute a hope. A second is an oversimplification of the explanatory power of hope-constituting desires. The final portion of the paper uses an enhanced understanding of the psychology of hope to make progress on normative questions about hoping well.
Keywords Hope  Desire  Cognitive Base  Ideals  Moral Psychology
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DOI 10.1080/00455091.2018.1435612
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