New Insight Series Paper: ‘(Good) Hope as an Intellectual and Civic Virtue of the Imagination’


Professor of Philosophy at Cardiff University, Alessandra Tanesini, has authored a new paper for the Centre’s Insight Series titled ‘(Good) Hope as an Intellectual and Civic Virtue of the Imagination’. Professor Tanesini discusses her theory of hope being a cluster of cognitive states and processes, affects and behavioural tendencies that, via utilization of imagination, expand the range of what is possible. Focusing on the characteristics of different types of hope and their centrality to the flourishing of individuals and their communities, the paper goes on to consider positive influences, such as developed self-understanding and inquisitiveness, and negative effects, such as unrealistic optimism and excessive dependency, that can be impacted both personally and socially by hope. The full paper is available to view here.

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