Hope is widely viewed as simultaneously a resource and a hazard, shoring us up in hard times but also, sometimes, leading us astray. In my recent book, How We Hope: A Moral Psychology, I provided a philosophical exploration of hope’s role in human motivation. Building on this previous work, Hope in Humanity examines a distinctive form of hope, the hope we invest in people. I argue that this interpersonal hope structures our relationships in important but overlooked ways. In Part I, I will demonstrate how, through interpersonal hope, we urge and encourage each other to meet challenging standards. In Part II, I will present an exciting new moral theory, arguing that our shared humanity is the source of a universal interpersonal hope for compassion.
I am thrilled to be editing this collection of approximately 45 new articles, from an awesome group of brilliant philosophers, on the nature of love and love's role in diverse and important areas of human activity.