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By Joseph J. Godfrey (auth.), Joseph J. Godfrey (eds.)

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Few reference works in philosophy have articles on desire. Few are also systematic or large-scale philosophical stories of desire. desire is admitted to be very important in people's lives, yet as a subject matter for learn, desire has principally been left to psychologists and theologians. For the main half philosophers deal with wish en passant. My goal is to stipulate a common conception of desire, to discover its constitution, types, targets, reasonableness, and implications, and to track the results of this sort of conception for atheism or theism. What has been written is kind of disparate. a few see wish in an individualistic, frequently existential, approach, and a few in a social and political means. desire is proposed by way of a few as primarily atheistic, and via others as incomprehensible outdoor of 1 or one other type of theism. Is it attainable to imagine continually and even as comprehensively concerning the phenomenon of human hoping? Or is it a number of phenomena? How might there be such various understandings of so important a human event? On what rational foundation may perhaps humans range over even if wish is associated with God? What I provide here's a systematic research, yet one labored out in discussion with Ernst Bloch, Immanuel Kant, and Gabriel Marcel. Ernst Bloch after all was once a Marxist and formally an atheist, Gabriel Marcel a Christian theist, and Immanuel Kant was once a theist, yet no longer in a standard way.

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Some writings of Erik H. Erikson helpful for this essay's analysis are: Childhood and Society, 2d ed. rev. and enl. W. , and Toronto: George 1. McLeod, 1963), Identity: Youth and Crisis, Austen Riggs 22 a well-known schema of crisis phases in personal development that span the entire lifetime. The outcome of each of these successive phases in human growth is important for the next phase and the growth to come. Each successive phase has its predominant human strength to be established: Hope, Willpower, Purpose, Competence, Fidelity, Love, Care, Wisdom.

43 and secondary processes. The former are movements and desires that are blunt, imperious, and tolerate no delay. But at another psychic level, such drives can be examined, integrated with each other, and appropriated. They can become no longer "a drive within me," but my wish. In this very ordinary movement of primary processes into secondary, desires are ideally brought into touch with the full range of myself and my world. What Lynch says of wish can be applied to desire. Desire can be distinguished into desire (primary) and examined desires.

Such blockage is more or less removable. The more insuperable it is, the more hope becomes desperation. But the more readily the blockage is swept aside, the more hope approaches confidence, optimism, assurance. I suppose it is acceptable to use the word "hope" when the hoped-for is a sure thing. ) It does seem, however, that hope is more properly found where the future is veiled, and where the present contains elements set to thwart movement toward the goal. So, while "hope" may be used to title the attitude of confident expectation, or the attitude of trapped desperation, I think it more suitably fits a sort of middle ground, one where I am in bondage, yet glimpse a way out.

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