Radical Hope Ethics in the Face of Cultural Devastation

ISBN-10: 0674027469

ISBN-13: 9780674027466

Edition: 2006

Authors: Jonathan Lear

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Shortly before he died, Plenty Coups, the last great Chief of the Crow Nation, told his story--up to a certain point. "When the buffalo went away the hearts of my people fell to the ground," he said, "and they could not lift them up again. After this nothing happened." It is precisely this point--that of a people faced with the end of their way of life--that prompts the philosophical and ethical inquiry pursued in Radical Hope. In Jonathan Lear's view, Plenty Coups' story raises a profound ethical question that transcends his time and challenges us all: how should one face the possibility that one's culture might collapse? This is a vulnerability that affects us all--insofar as we are all inhabitants of a civilization, and civilizations are themselves vulnerable to historical forces. How should we live with this vulnerability? Can we make any sense of facing up to such a challenge courageously? Using the available anthropology and history of the Indian tribes during their confinement to reservations, and drawing on philosophy and psychoanalytic theory, Lear explores the story of the Crow Nation at an impasse as it bears upon these questions--and these questions as they bear upon our own place in the world. His book is a deeply revealing, and deeply moving, philosophical inquiry into a peculiar vulnerability that goes to the heart of the human condition.
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Book details

List price: $20.00
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publication date: 4/30/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 208
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.660
Language: English

Considered one of the most independent and perceptive analysts of contemporary intellectual culture, Jonathan Lear has authored several thought-provoking works including Aristotle and Logical Theory; Aristotle: The Desire to Understand; Love and Its Place In Nature; A Philosophical Interpretation of Freudian Psychoanalysis; and Open Minded, among others. He is a member of the Committee on Social Thought at the University of Chicago and has been recognized as John U. Nef Distinguished Service Professor.

After This, Nothing Happened
A Peculiar Vulnerability
Protecting a Way of Life
Gambling with Necessity
Was There a Last Coup?
Witness to Death
Subject to Death
The Possibility of Crow Poetry
Ethics at the Horizon
The End of Practical Reason
Reasoning at the Abyss
A Problem for Moral Psychology
The Interpretation of Dreams
Crow Anxiety
The Virtue of the Chickadee
The Transformation of Psychological Structure
Radical Hope
Critique of Abysmal Reasoning
The Legitimacy of Radical Hope
Aristotle's Method
Radical Hope versus Mere Optimism
Courage and Hope
Virtue and Imagination
Historical Vindication
Personal Vindication
Response to Sitting Bull
Notes
Acknowledgments
Index
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