Terry Eagleton

Written by Terry Eagleton and published by Taurus, Hope without optimism is an anti self-help book which suggests intelligent hope as the best means of facing the future without devaluating the moment or obviating the past. The thinking business has replaced the idea of hope with a term that is less intriguing and easier to handle: optimism. An optimism which not only appears in self-help and high philosophy but which is for Eagleton, the central nerve of Europe’s dominant religion: Christianity. In a virtuoso display of erudition, thoughtfulness and humour, Terry Eagleton distinguishes hope from simple optimism, cheeriness, desire, idealism or adherence to the doctrine of Progress, bringing into focus a standpoint that requires reflection and self-discipline, and which acknowledges but refuses to capitulate to the realities of failure and defeat.