Hope in political philosophy

  • The language of hope is a ubiquitous part of political life, but its value is increasingly contested. While there is an emerging debate about hope in political philosophy, an assessment of the prevalent scepticism about its role in political practice is still outstanding. The aim of this article is to provide an overview of historical and recent treatments of hope in political philosophy and to indicate lines of further research. We argue that even though political philosophy can draw on recent analyses of hope in analytic philosophy, there are distinct challenges for an account of hope in political contexts. Examples such as racial injustice or climate change show the need for a systematic normative account that is sensitive to the unavoidability of hope in politics as much as its characteristic dangers.

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Author:Claudia Blöser, Jakob Huber, Darrel MoellendorfORCiDGND
Parent Title (German):Philosophy compass
Place of publication:Oxford
Document Type:Article
Date of Publication (online):2020/05/29
Date of first Publication:2020/04/17
Publishing Institution:Universitätsbibliothek Johann Christian Senckenberg
Release Date:2020/08/26
Page Number:9
This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution‐NonCommercial‐NoDerivs License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/
Correction added on 29 May 2020, after first online publication: The bibliographical details of ‘Meirav, 2009’ has been
added in this current version. Corrigendum: Volume 15, Issue 6, Philosophy Compass https://doi.org/10.1111/phc3.12689
Institutes:Philosophie und Geschichtswissenschaften / Philosophie
Exzellenzcluster / Exzellenzcluster Die Herausbildung normativer Ordnungen
Dewey Decimal Classification:1 Philosophie und Psychologie / 10 Philosophie / 100 Philosophie und Psychologie
3 Sozialwissenschaften / 30 Sozialwissenschaften, Soziologie / 300 Sozialwissenschaften
Licence (German):License LogoCreative Commons - Namensnennung-Nicht kommerziell - Keine Bearbeitung 4.0