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Hope and History: Five Salzburg Lectures

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The famous and popular Thomistic philosopher addresses the topic of hope from the perspective of human history and asks the questions: "Is man's hope such that it can find any fulfillment in the field of human history?" And: "Is man's human history such that it can give us any grounds not to despair?" Pieper looks at the movement of history, the idea of progress, man's hop ...more
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Published November 1st 1994 by Ignatius Press
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A very interesting look at the future of humanity. Though Pieper could continue and further his thesis (and also include a bit of what he's arguing against), the discussion in Hope and History was deep and considerate to the reality of humanity (at least in my opinion it was). The intricacies of hope, especially in regards to death, I believe got to the heart of the problem. I'm always impressed with Pieper, even when I disagree with him, and I think this is one of his better books. The subject ...more
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Josef Pieper was professor of philosophical anthropology at the University of Münster/Germany; he was a member of several academies and received numerous awards and distinctions, among them the International Balzan Prize for outstanding achievements in the field of humanities.

Pieper is among the most widely read philosophers of the 20th century. The main focus of his thought is the overcoming of c
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