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A Hope for Reason
A Hope for Reason

Author(s): Agnieszka Lekka-Kowalik
Subject(s): Christian Theology and Religion, Existentialism, Phenomenology
Published by: Katolicki Uniwersytet Lubelski Jana Pawła II - Instytut Jana Pawła II, Wydział Filozofii
Keywords: Hope; nature of hope; phenomenon; human life; Thomas Aquinas;

Summary/Abstract: Hope is a common phenomenon in human life. And yet once we try to conceptualize it, we face the problem St. Augustine described while trying to define time: “If no one asks me, I know: if I wish to explain it to one that asketh, I know not.” Nevertheless there have been continuous attempts at explaining the nature of hope. According to the standard account, hope is always a relational phenomenon: a human person hopes for a certain outcome, and to hope for this outcome is to desire it and to believe that its realization is possible, although not inevitable. On this view, hope is considered as a compound attitude.

  • Issue Year: 32/2019
  • Issue No: 4
  • Page Range: 461-466
  • Page Count: 6
  • Language: English