The Task of Hope in Kierkegaard Hardback

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The Task of Hope in Kierkegaard

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Philosophers of religion are often caught up with the epistemic justification of their religious beliefs, rather than the qualities of the religious life that make it valuable. Mark Bernier argues that hope is one of the most important of such qualities, and is an essential thread that connects despair, faith, and the self. The Task of Hope in Kierkegaard reconstructs Kierkegaard's theory of hope, which involves the distinction between mundane and authentic hope, and makes three principal claims. Firstly, while despair involves the absence of hope, a rejection of oneself, and a turn away from one's relation to God, despair is fundamentally an unwillingness to hope. This unwillingness is directed toward authentic hope, conceived of by Kierkegaard as an expectation for the possibility of the good. Secondly, hope is not simply an ancillary activity of the self; rather, the task of becoming a self is essentially constituted by hope. Thus, when in despair one is unwilling to hope, one is in fact rejecting one's task of becoming a self. Thirdly, faith stands in opposition to despair precisely because it is a willingness to hope.
An essential role of faith is to secure the ground for hope, and in this way faith secures the ground for the self. In short, authentic hope (what Kierkegaard calls spiritual hope) is not merely a fringe element, but is essential to Kierkegaard's project of the self.

The Task of Hope in Kierkegaard by Mark Bernier was published by Oxford University Press in October 2015. The ISBN for The Task of Hope in Kierkegaard is 9780198747888.

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Details for The Task of Hope in Kierkegaard

Page last updated 4th January 2017
Author / Artist
Book FormatHardback
PublisherOxford University Press (October 2015)
Number of Pages240
Thickness22 mm
Height234 mm
Width156 mm
Product Code4325404
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