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Social and Political Dimensions of Hope
Friday, December 7, 2018

A few years ago, it was common for philosophers to begin inquiry into hope by noting that the subject has received little attention in the philosophical literature. But our ability to make this claim is quickly coming to an end; hope has been earning increasing recognition in the discipline, with philosophers exploring important questions related to the nature of hope, what makes hope rational, and how hope is connected to human well-being and motivation. Despite this recent interest, however, there remains very little discussion of the social and political dimensions of hope. My aim in this paper is to demonstrate the importance of a feminist perspective in bringing these dimensions into fuller view. I argue that a feminist approach to hope, one which attends explicitly to who is hoping, and the relative powers people have in their capacities to affect the world, both enables a richer understanding of the nature of hope and opens up space for exploring the value and risks of hope in an unjust social world.

Time: 5:00 pm – 6:15 pm
Location: Olin, Room 204
Sponsor: Dean of the College; Philosophy Program
Contact: Garry Hagberg.
Phone: 845-758-7270

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