Chapter

Secular Hope

John Kekes

in The Human Condition

Published in print August 2010 | ISBN: 9780199588886
Published online September 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780191595448 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199588886.003.0011
Secular Hope

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One of the most serious religious objections to the secular view of the human condition is that it leaves us with nothing to hope for in face of the contingencies of life and our insufficient control over the conditions we require for well‐being. This chapter makes the case for a modest hope that remains after indefensible illusions about deriving hope from autonomy and the categorical imperative are abandoned. The modest hope rests on the possibility that has been argued for throughout the book that we have some control over our lives and we can increase the control we have.

Keywords: hope; illusions; autonomy; categorical imperative; practical reason; depth

Chapter.  8653 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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