New Stanford Encyclopedia article on hope

We were asked to write an article about hope for the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy as part of our hope research project that is funded by the Hope and Optimism project at Notre Dame University. The article covers both the philosophical history of hope in the Western tradition, current approaches in analytical philosophy and authors like Bloch and Rorty.

Discussions of hope can be found throughout the history of philosophy and
across all Western philosophical traditions, even though philosophy has
traditionally not paid the same attention to hope as it has to attitudes like
belief and desire. However, even though hope has historically only rarely
been discussed systematically – with important exceptions, such as Aquinas,
Bloch and Marcel – almost all major philosophers acknowledge that hope plays an
important role in regard to human motivation, religious belief or politics.
Historically, discussions of the importance of hope were often embedded in
particular philosophical projects. More recent discussions of hope provide
independent accounts of its nature and its relation to other mental
phenomena, such as desire, intention and optimism.

Continue reading (open access)

Workshop: Hope, Social and Political Perspectives (June 7 and 8, 2016, Groningen, NL)

In June, the second workshop of the project “Fundamental Hope and Practical Identity” will take place at the University of Groningen. All talks will be held in the Van Swinderenhuys, Oude Boteringestraat 19.

Program:

Tuesday, 7 June

  • 13:00        Welcome
  • 13:30 – 14:45       Alisa Carse (Georgetown): The Moral Psychology of Hope
  • 14:45 – 15:15        Coffee
  • 15:15 – 16:30        Dascha Düring (Utrecht): The Epistemic Status of Hope as a Sensus Communis
  • 16:35 – 17:50        Nicholas Smith (Macquarie): Hope and Work

Wednesday, 8 June

  • 09:45 – 11:00 Katie Stockdale (Dalhousie): Hope through a Feminist Relational Lens
  • 11:00 – 11:30 Coffee
  • 11:30 – 12:45 Titus Stahl (Groningen): Hope beyond Liberalism
  • 12:45 – 13:45 Lunch break
  • 13:45 – 15:00 Darrel Moellendorf (Frankfurt): Hope and the Long Arc of History
  • 15:00 – 15:30 Coffee
  • 15:30 – 16:45 Lynne Tirrell (U Mass Boston): Mustering Hope
  • 16:45 – 17:00 Final words

Attendance is free of charge, but please register with Titus Stahl (titus.stahl@rug.nl) in advance.

Workshop program “Hope and Trust”

“Hope and Trust”, 14-15 January 2016 in Frankfurt/Main.

Attendance is free, but please register with Julia Gründel, j_gruendel@yahoo.de

 Thursday, 14 January 2016

09:30
– 09:45

Welcome

09:45
– 11:00

Martin Hartmann

Between Knowledge and Ignorance: Another Look at the Attitude of Trust

11:00
– 11:30

Coffee

11:30
– 12:45

Berislav Marušić

Trust, Reliance and the Participant Stance

12:45
– 14:00

Lunch

14:00
– 15:15

Claudia Blöser

Does Trust Involve Hope?

15:15
– 15:45

Coffee

15:45
– 17:00

Adrienne Martin

On Disappointment

18:30

Dinner

Friday, 15 January
2016

09:30
– 10:45

Paul Faulkner

Trusting and Hoping

10:45
– 11:15

Coffee

 

11.15-12.30

Christopher Thompson

Trust in Group Agents

12:30
– 13:45

Lunch

13:45
– 15:00

Thomas Simpson

Optimism and Evidence

15:00
– 16:00

Final Discussion