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Annette Baier

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199570362

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199570362.001.0001

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Putting Hope in its Place

Putting Hope in its Place

(p.216) 12 Putting Hope in its Place
Reflections On How We Live

Annette C. Baier

Oxford University Press

This chapter considers the proper place for hope in human life. It explains the conceptual truth that when people hope, people hope for good outcomes and possibilities in the uncertain future. Hope may accompany trust when there is a chance of more good things than trust alone can assure. The chapter concludes with an analysis of the proper placement of hope and trust, which has to be done cautiously in order to avoid understating the sturdiness of healthy trust and overstating the supportive strength of hope.

Keywords:   hope, human life, good outcomes, uncertain future, healthy trust

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