The following will highlight recent and forthcoming journal publications.
I’ve been invited to submit an article for publication in a special issue of Religions guest edited by Prof John C McDowell. The theme of the issue is ‘Hope in Dark Times’.
The following offers a brief abstract and working title of this project:
Discerning the Contours of Hopes in and for Dark Times
Ours is a time of unrest: Whether one considers the dangerous and unrelenting journey of refugees in flight from and toward uncertainty, or the advent of violence as first reliance whether expressed by ‘pre-emptive’ military aggression towards nations as enemies or by paramilitary powers of police that target neighbours presumed guilty by race, or the warping of language and of truth to suit the technics of propaganda and the theatre of political office, to list only a few. Ours is a time where hope is needed. Yet not all hopes can sustain us in times of calamity and crisis. Some, in fact, stir up anguish and despair. The paper, therefore, will explore both negative and positive hopes amidst our contemporary unrest. It will consider the question of hope exemplified by the pithos of Pandora: Is the hope found at the bottom of her jar evil or good? Does it, as F. Nietzsche portends, prolong our torment? Does it, as G. Marcel argues, cultivate endurance amidst suffering? The answer is both, but it depends on the genus of hope one is considering. For example, hope reflected by particular technological rationalities that present the objects of our hoping as means to the aims that we pursue will leaves us vulnerable to despair in dark times. Such hopes may be found as the source of the crises noted above. Yet an absolute hope, a hope not conditioned by measure, may be such a hope by which we learn to participate in the well-being of our fellows, performing hope as a material and social practice that cultivates patience for dark times. Such a hope, a habit where we are enabled to grow and to develop, where we are freed to become human, can and will sustain us even during times of prolonged darkness.
I recently co-edited, with Dr Matthew Vest, a special issue of Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics. The issue considered reflections on modern medicine at the centenary of Max Weber’s ‘Science as Vocation’ lectures (delivered 1917)
See our introduction: “Understanding modern, technological medicine: enchanted, disenchanted, or other?” Theorietical Medicine and Bioethics, vol. 39, no. 6 (2018): 407-417; published online 15 November 2018, here.