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Hope Without Optimism (Paperback): Terry Eagleton

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Terry Eagleton

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In a virtuoso display of erudition, thoughtfulness and humour, Terry Eagleton teases apart the concept of hope as it has been (often mistakenly) conceptualised over six millennia, from ancient Greece to today. He distinguishes hope from simple optimism, cheeriness, desire, idealism or adherence to the doctrine of Progress, bringing into focus a standpoint that requires reflection and commitment, arises from clear-sighted rationality, can be cultivated by practice and self-discipline, and which acknowledges but refuses to capitulate to the realities of failure and defeat. Authentic hope is indubitably tragic, yet Eagleton also argues for its radical implications as `a species of permanent revolution, whose enemy is as much political complacency as metaphysical despair'. It is a means of facing the future without devaluing the moment or obviating the past. Traversing centuries of thought about the many modes of hoping - from Ernst Bloch's monumental work through the Stoics, Aquinas, Marx and Kierkegaard, among others - this penetrating book throws new light on religious faith and political ideology as well as issues such as the problem of evil, the role of language and the meaning of the past. Hope Without Optimism is a brilliantly engaged, impassioned chronicle of human belief and desire in an increasingly uncertain world.

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Imprint: Yale University Press
Country of origin: United States
Release date: June 2019
Authors: Terry Eagleton
Dimensions: 8 x 5mm (L x W)
Format: Paperback - Trade
Pages: 178
ISBN-13: 978-0-300-24867-8
Categories: Books > Humanities > Philosophy
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Books > Humanities > Philosophy > Western philosophy
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Books > Humanities > Philosophy > Western philosophy > General
Books > Humanities > Philosophy > Topics in philosophy > Philosophy of mind
Books > Philosophy > Topics in philosophy
Books > Philosophy > Topics in philosophy > Philosophy of mind
Books > Philosophy > Western philosophy
Books > Philosophy > Western philosophy > General
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LSN: 0-300-24867-9
Barcode: 9780300248678

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