This paper raises the question of whether there is anything foundational to hopefulness when considering it as a virtue, and uses the Aristotelian distinction between virtue in the “natural sense” and virtue in the “strict sense” to make the claim that hopefulness has a primacy to it. While that primacy rests on the existence of care and responsiveness of community, those caretakers must themselves be possessed of hopefulness, which, at its best will be virtuous.
Social Philosophy Today
North American Society for Social Philosophy
Woolfrey, J. (2016). The Primacy of Hope. Social Philosophy Today, 32, 1-16. Retrieved from http://digitalcommons.wcupa.edu/phil_facpub/8