Facilitating Hope - philosophical & ethical dimensions

The philosophical fundamental issues according to Kant are: “What can I know?“ “What shall I do?“ “What can I hope?“ and lead to the question: “What is the human being?“. The history of philosophy is full of various concepts of hope. In the tension between reality and possibility (of current experience and potential resources) person-centered and experiential approaches have a firm stand regarding anthropology and epistemology. Not least because of a firm socio-ethical self-conception.

Examples of possible topics
  • Hope – what does it mean? Condition of existence? Passion? Utopia? Illusion? Principle? Confidence? Optimism? Motivating force? Expectation? Agonizing evil? Trust? Promise of salvation? Empty promise? ...
  • What is it that people aim their hope at? And what does it mean for the significance of hope in the person-centered conception of the human being?
  • How do different cultures deal with hope, given the conception of the human being and of society?
  • Is it ethically and therapeutically justifiable to facilitate hope, to mute illusions?
  • How can dependencies and co-dependencies be avoided when facilitating confidence?