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Journal of Agricultural and Environmental Ethics

, Volume 26, Issue 5, pp 925–944

First Online: 28 November 2012Accepted: 12 October 2012


Ecological philosophy requires a significant orientation to the role of hope in both theory and practice. I trace the limited presence of hope in ecological philosophy, and outline reasons why environmental hopelessness is a threat. I articulate and problematize recent environmental publications on the topic of hope, the most important worry being that current literature fails to provide the necessary psychological grounding for hopeful action. I turn to the psychology of hope to provide direction for conceptualizing hope and actualizing hoped for states of affairs. If positive moral action is the goal, hope is a vital concept for underwriting ecological philosophy and a practice requiring considerably more attention.

KeywordsHope Despair Ecological catastrophe Moral psychology Environmental action I wish to highlight the limits of the study below; my context is that of an academic working in the global North. This is one small contribution to a much larger dialogue that I hope occurs.

Hope is engagement with the act of mapping our destinies—Valerie Braithwaite 2004, 6.

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Author: Lisa Kretz

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