A Philosophical Analysis of Hope by J. Waterworth PDF

By J. Waterworth

ISBN-10: 023050602X

ISBN-13: 9780230506022

ISBN-10: 1349509337

ISBN-13: 9781349509331

Regardless of the familiarity of desire in human adventure, it's a phenomenon occasionally thought of from a philosophical perspective. This publication charts the centrality of wish in inspiration and motion from first, moment and 3rd individual views. From daily occasions to severe situations of trial and endings in lifestyles, the contours of desire are given a phenomenological description and subjected to conceptual research. This continually secular account of desire sheds a unique gentle on questions of enterprise and which means.

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One cannot despair of numbers, nor of concepts, though one may despair of understanding certain concepts. Whatever is despaired of is despaired of under a certain description. Not only is it the case that what one despairs of will fall under some description, but one’s perception of, and beliefs about, the object under that description will be held to be accurate or true by the despairer. 30 One’s despair is directed towards an object and that object may be perceived as present or as in an inevitable future.

In cases where one despairs of a particular object, as opposed to the general situation, there is inevitably a background/ foreground context to one’s perception, with the perception being evaluative and value-laden. Someone’s being in despair is a response which is adopted only with respect to that which is valued. If to despair of a person is to lose hope in that person, then hope and despair cannot coexist with respect to that person. Similarly, if to 24 A Philosophical Analysis of Hope despair of a state of affairs coming about or changing is to lose hope that it will happen or change, then hope and despair cannot coexist with respect to that state of affairs/object(ive).

Despairing of an object can be done for someone else, in a similar way that one can hope for an objective for someone else. When my friend tells me she has miscarried in her pregnancy (again), for example, I may despair of her giving birth (for her). Under these circumstances, my friend may be in despair while I despair of her attaining that for which she had previously hoped. Although my friend is the one who will carry a pregnancy to term (if she does), so that she has this capacity, or not, when I despair of her doing so, I am despairing of her (prior) objective of hope being fulfilled, rather than despairing of my friend herself.

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