• Titus Stahl deposited Fundamental Hope and Practical Identity on Humanities Commons 5 years, 9 months ago

    This article considers the question ‘What makes hope rational?’ We take Adrienne
    Martin’s recent incorporation analysis of hope as representative of a tradition that views the
    rationality of hope as a matter of instrumental reasons. Against this tradition, we argue that
    an important subset of hope, ‘fundamental hope’, is not governed by instrumental
    rationality. Rather, people have reason to endorse or reject such hope in virtue of the
    contribution of the relevant attitudes to the integrity of their practical identity, which makes
    the relevant hope not instrumentally but intrinsically valuable. This argument also allows for
    a new analysis of the reasons people have to abandon hope and for a better understanding
    of non-fundamental, ‘prosaic’ hopes.