Gabriel Marcel's Ethics of Hope: Evil, God and Virtue - Continuum Studies in Continental Philosophy (Hardback)Jill Graper Hernandez (author)
Hardback 176 Pages / Published: 13/10/2011
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The idea of hope has received significant attention in the political sphere recently. But is hope just wishful thinking, or can it be something more than a political catch-phrase? This book argues that hope can be understood existentially, or on the basis of what it means to be human. Under this conception of hope, given to us by Gabriel Marcel, hope is not optimism, but the creation of ways for us to flourish. War, poverty and an absolute reliance on technology are real-life evils that can suffocate hope. Marcels thought provides a way to overcome these negative experiences. An ethics of hope can function as an alternative to isolation, dread, and anguish offered by most existentialists. This book presents Marcels existentialism as a convincing, relevant moral theory; founded on the creation of hope, interwoven with the individuals response to the death of God. Jill Hernandez argues that todays reader of Marcel can resonate with his belief that the experience of pain can be transcended through a philosophy of hope and an escape from materialism.
Publisher: Continuum Publishing Corporation
Number of pages: 176
Weight: 426 g
Dimensions: 234 x 156 x 11 mm
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