Radical hope ethics in the face of cultural devastation jonathan lear on amazoncom free shipping on qualifying offers 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. Radical hope is an inspiring and insightful look into the prophetic life of plenty coups the last great chief of the crow nation a leader who in the face of cultural abolition planted hope in a crumbling society using imaginative moral philosophy and radical spiritual optimism. Jonathan lears latest book radical hope ethics in the face of cultural devastation consists in an inquiry properly characterized as a form of philosophical anthropology into a peculiar form of vulnerability that is arguably part of the human condition the general problem however that he deals with has to do with what he calls the . In the last chapter lear continues his analysis of radical hope assessing its justification by juxtaposing plenty coups stance with sitting bulls a sioux chief response to cultural devastation as well as making use of the aristotelian notion of the virtue of courage. Radical hopes most valuable contribution is a strong argument for religion and practice as once again central to the work of philosophical ethics for lear having the courage to accept that the future of a people including philosophers is embedded in practices forgotten taken for granted and in question is both radical and necessary
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