What exactly is hope? What does it really mean to hope for something? This time, internationally renowned philosopher Lars Fr. H. Svendsen, after fear, evil, boredom, freedom, loneliness and lies turns his attention to hope – and not without reason. Hope is a prerequisite for a life worth living – in a life filled with trials, hope is what can direct a person and motivate him to overcome them. We need hope today more than ever.
Recent events in Europe prompted the author to reflect on the philosophical aspects of hope as a phenomenon that carries different meanings and values for each individual. For some, it means passivity, giving up the belief that a person can change something and surrendering to the belief that external forces will make sure that he gets what he wants. For others, hope is active and connected to action to realize possibilities, because the future is not predetermined. Hope can be both. Svendsen considers hope inevitable in normal human life, but whether it is a blessing or a curse is not entirely clear.
In A Philosophy of Hope, Svendsen takes us on a journey through the history of philosophy and shows what the most important thinkers have written about hope. As always, sharp analysis, insight and wit from one of our best communicators of philosophy.

  • ISBN: 978-953-369-032-2
  • Dimensions: 110x180 mm
  • Number of pages: 184
  • Cover: paperback
  • Year of the edition: 2023
  • Original title: Håpets filosofi
  • Original language: Norwegian
  • Translation: Mišo Grundler