Hoping and Intending

Cathy Mason

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Hope powerfully influences our lives, deeply shaping our actions, as well as being essential for social and political change. Many accounts of hope, however, fail to do justice to its active role, ignoring the connection between hope and action that makes it a significant feature of our lives. In this essay, I propose a new account of hope in which hopes characteristically shape and figure in intentions. I argue that this account does justice to hope's distinctive manifestations in action, explains the rational constraints on hoping, and sheds light on the distinctions between hoping and wishing.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-16
JournalJournal of the American Philosophical Association
Early online date4 Oct 2021
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 4 Oct 2021


  • hope
  • intention
  • planning
  • wishing


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