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Hope without Optimism (Page-Barbour Lectures)

3.70  ·  Rating details ·  141 ratings  ·  21 reviews
In his latest book, Terry Eagleton, one of the most celebrated intellects of our time, considers the least regarded of the virtues. His compelling meditation on hope begins with a firm rejection of the role of optimism in life’s course. Like its close relative, pessimism, it is more a system of rationalization than a reliable lens on reality, reflecting the cast of one’s t ...more
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Published September 9th 2015 by University of Virginia Press (first published August 28th 2015)
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May 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Bir şeylerin değiline karşılık gelir Umut, türeme gereksinimine girişir. Umut için gerçekleşmemiş olana, onu var etme arzusunun en yoğun hali demek gerekir. Konunun özü itibariyle düşünce dünyasına yön veren insanların hemen hemen birçoğunun ilgisini çekmiş ve hepsi de birbirinden farklı yorumlar getirmiş olup taban tabana farklı akıl yürütmeleri ortaya koymuşlardır. Dolayısıyla saf düşünce yapımız ile umut kavramına salt iyimser yaklaşmak tek yönlü bakıp diğer yönlere göz ardı etmemize sebep ol ...more
Apr 08, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: april-19
So many references and not any Eagleton’s own point of view. I could’ve search the other writer’s or philosopher’s essays or ideas which is mentioned on the book without reading the book and it would be the same (or more beneficial) thing to do.
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Maurizio Manco
"Da creature amnestiche quali siamo, tacitiamo la vacuità delle nostre speranze trascorse per inseguire l'ennesimo fuoco fatuo, e questa permanente fabbricazione di auto-oblio è meglio nota come esistenza umana." (p. 52)

"Per non sciuparsi, la speranza deve rimanere priva di contenuto. Il solo Messia che è improbabile ci deluda è quello che non si farà mai vedere in giro." (p. 72)
Jul 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
The reason why it took me relatively long to finish it was because it provides so many food for thought moments you just need a take a break and let them sink in for a while. I thoroughly enjoyed it but I don't LOVE it. Eagleton delves into detail when it comes to bash or elaborate on some modern philosophers and writers which makes him digress and the reader bored at times.
Caleb Greenwood
Mar 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Hope is what remains among the ruins

Eagleton presents a hope that is at odds with the happiness ideology of the self help world. Optimism, he says, evades morality by refusing to acknowledge the reality of suffering and resides in the ego. The book presents an analysis of literature and the nuanced views of hope such works contain, while working to derive a sustainable view of hope that isnt rooted in naivety or cheeriness.
Darío Carrillo
Jul 27, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
«Para que podamos hablar de los cataclismos debe haber algo que los sobreviva, aunque no sea más que un mensajero enloquecido o un trozo de papel». Terry Eagleton
Feb 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Profound work about the various natures of hope ending with a tragic hope as the one that takes the humanity forward, in its search for a better future.
Massimo Monteverdi
Una cosa mi pare di averla capita: l’ottimista è un masochista che non ce l’ha fatta. Quello che continua a lasciarmi perplesso, invece, è il metodo. Mi ero immaginato un testo brillante, provocatorio persino. Invece no. Il concetto di speranza è sviscerato a destra e a manca sotto i punti di vista di filosofi, scrittori, poeti e non solo, in una sarabanda di interpretazioni che si sovrappongono in continuazione, rendendo inutile qualsiasi sforzo di sintesi o comprensione. Sappiamo bene, poi, co ...more
Greg Jarrell
Mar 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Eagleton's customary depth and erudition. A concise and enjoyable survey of hope in philosophy and literature, plus movement toward an accounting of hope as as necessary and valuable condition for making systemic changes in a cruel and static economy.
Mariana López González
Muy interesante y da mucho que pensar. El enfrentamiento a la tragedia como parte fundamental de la esperanza se me hizo un concepto profundamente bello, real y humano, y fue lo que más me gustó. Lo único es que el enfoque del libro es la política, cosa que no me esperaba....
Nick Spencer
May 22, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018
Very terry.
Feb 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
Hope over optimism. Hope as permanent revolution. Hope before despair.

"Reality is a pessimist to whose treasonable talk one must shut one’s ears. Since the truth is often enough unpleasant, it must be trumped by the unflinching will. It is a vein of optimist not easy to distinguish from mental illness. Cheerfulness of this kind is a form of psychological disavowal. For all its square-jawed vigor, it is really a moral evasion. It is the enemy of hope, which is necessary precisely because one is
Oct 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ensayo, filosofía
Es un excelente texto que aborda de forma erudita la discusión sobre las diferencias entre los conceptos de esperanza y optimismo, ahondando en como el optimismo no es una cualidad sino una característica innata en ciertas personas y que además, es algo muy diferente a la esperanza, en tanto que implica no considerar la posibilidad de que aquello que esperamos que pase, en realidad no ocurra. Posteriormente el autor explora las diferencias entre esperanza y deseo, recalcando el papel que juega l ...more
william ellison
Jun 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
On the tin

Indeed it does what it says.... Terry proves not to be an optimist but honestly enquires after what else hope may be albeit with his cap set against apologists for the status quo as also the vague utopianism of Bloch. Nonetheless it is a serious though not grim search for the real possibility and parameters of Hope. At times he speaks of Marx' imperfections while advocating Aquinas so anyone familiar with previous works may find a few surprises but all in all it recommends itself to th
Mugren Ohaly
Mar 21, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
The well-written preface is misleading. It's a great topic. But, the book is poorly written. Complex sentences, multisyllabic words, and an endless stream of repetitive examples makes it all sound like a riddle even the author doesn't know the answer to. Disappointing.
Armando Peralta Díaz
Recuento erudito de lo que la esperanza ha significado a través de la historia y del tratamiento que diversos autores le han dado. Destaca la profundidad que Eagleton da a la esperanza en estos tiempos convulsos.
Ms. Bauer
Apr 30, 2016 rated it liked it
Referenced some great pieces of literature and thought, but spent an entire chapter on Ernst Bloch. Overall, thought-provoking!
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Widely regarded as Britain's most influential living literary critic & theorist, Dr Eagleton currently serves as Distinguished Prof. of English Literature at the Univ. of Lancaster & as Visiting Prof. at the Nat'l Univ. of Ireland, Galway. He was Thomas Warton Prof. of English Literature at the Univ. of Oxford ('92-01) & John Edward Taylor Prof. of English Literature at the Univ. of Ma ...more
“We are not optimists; we do not present a lovely vision of the world which everyone is expected to fall in love with. We simply have, wherever we are, some small local task to do, on the side of justice, for the poor. —HERBERT MCCABE, OP” 2 likes
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