Optimism

Boden, Margaret A (1966) Optimism. Philosophy, 41 (158). 291 - 303. ISSN 00318191

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Abstract

The optimist may be secretly envied, but he is publicly despised. His pronouncements are regarded as expressions of simple-minded blindness or as cynical propaganda. Optimism is not regarded as intellectually respectable. It was not always so: there have been times when optimism was not merely considered worthy of rational argument, but was widely accepted by thinking men. Now, however, we react with a growing embarrassment to passages such as these: The time will therefore come when the sun will shine only on free men who know no other master but their reason;¿ All the causes that contribute to the perfection of the human race, all the means that ensure it must by their very nature exercise a perpetual influence and always increase their sphere of action ¿ the perfectibility of man is indefinite.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Engineering and Informatics > Informatics
Depositing User: Maggie Boden
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2012 21:29
Last Modified: 14 Jun 2012 11:26
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/31466
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