Hope and Its Place in Mind

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People may have open minds on whether a life-extending drug or technology is going to be developed before their sixties and may strongly desire that development. Do they therefore hope that it occurs? Do they hope for it in the substantive sense of "pinning their hopes" on the development? No, they do not. Hoping for a prospect in that sense certainly presupposes having an open mind on whether it will occur and naving a desire for its occurrence. But, more crucially, it means investing the prospect with a. characteristic, galvanizing, and orientating role: it involves setting aside doubts about the possible nonoccurrence of the prospect and acting accordingly. This article offers a characterization of hope in that substantive sense and argues both that it can be rational and that it is ubiquitous.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)152-165
Number of pages14
JournalAnnals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science
StatePublished - Mar 2004

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Sociology and Political Science
  • General Social Sciences


  • Agency
  • Precaution
  • Rationality
  • Substantial hope
  • Ubiquity


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