Social Philosophy Today 32:125-136 (2016)

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Joan Woolfrey
West Chester University
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This paper raises the question of whether there is anything foundational to hopefulness when considering it as a virtue, and uses the Aristotelian distinction between virtue in the “natural sense” and virtue in the “strict sense” to make the claim that hopefulness has a primacy to it. While that primacy rests on the existence of care and responsiveness of community, those caretakers must themselves be possessed of hopefulness, which, at its best will be virtuous.
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DOI 10.5840/socphiltoday2016101335
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