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Historical and Multidisciplinary Perspectives on Hope

  • Provides an interdisciplinary overview of the current state of research on hope

  • Offers a contribution to the subject of hope across different disciplines philosophy, theology, psychology, economy, sociology, health studies, ecology, and development studies

  • Combines historical work with the state of the art descriptions from cutting-edge researchers in various fields

  • Applies the subject of hope from psychology, philosophy and theology to the social sciences

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Table of contents (14 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xvi
  2. Historical Perspectives on Hope

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 1-1
    2. Hope in Ancient Greek Philosophy

      • G. Scott Gravlee
      Pages 3-23Open Access
    3. Early Christian Thinking on Hope

      • Martin I. Webber, Jacobus (Kobus) Kok
      Pages 25-45Open Access
    4. Hope as a Virtue in the Middle Ages

      • Andrew Pinsent
      Pages 47-60Open Access
    5. Enlightenment Views of Hope

      • Claudia Blöser
      Pages 61-76Open Access
    6. Post-Kantian to Postmodern Considerations of (Theological) Hope

      • Ronald T. Michener
      Pages 77-95Open Access
  3. Multidisciplinary Perspectives on Hope

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 97-97
    2. Philosophy of Hope

      • Michael Milona
      Pages 99-116Open Access
    3. Hope in Theology

      • David Elliot
      Pages 117-136Open Access
    4. The Psychology of Hope: A Diagnostic and Prescriptive Account

      • Anthony Scioli
      Pages 137-163Open Access
    5. Hope in Economics

      • Emma Pleeging, Martijn Burger
      Pages 165-178Open Access
    6. Hope During Conflict

      • Oded Adomi Leshem, Eran Halperin
      Pages 179-196Open Access
    7. Hope in Health Care: A Synthesis of Review Studies

      • Erik Olsman
      Pages 197-214Open Access
    8. Ecological Hope

      • Michael S. Northcott
      Pages 215-238Open Access
  4. Correction to: Historical and Multidisciplinary Perspectives on Hope

    • Steven C. van den Heuvel
    Pages C1-C1Open Access

About this book

This open access volume makes an important contribution to the ongoing research on hope theory by combining insights from both its long history and its increasing multi-disciplinarity. In the first part, it recognizes the importance of the centuries-old reflection on hope by offering historical perspectives and tracing it back to ancient Greek philosophy. At the same time, it provides novel perspectives on often-overlooked historical theories and developments and challenges established views. The second part of the volume documents the state of the art of current research in hope across eight disciplines, which are philosophy, theology, psychology, economy, sociology, health studies, ecology, and development studies. Taken together, this volume provides an integrated view on hope as a multi-faced phenomenon. It contributes to the further understanding of hope as an essential human capacity, with the possibility of transforming our human societies. 


  • Hope Theory
  • Hope Theory and Positive Psychology
  • Hope and Human Economic Behaviour
  • Cognitive Psychology
  • Philosophy and Theology of Hope
  • Heterodox Economics
  • Hope Development in Western Countries
  • Hope Research
  • Hope and Health Studies
  • Open Access

Editors and Affiliations

  • Department of Systematic Theology, Evangelische Theologische Faculteit, Leuven, Belgium

    Steven C. van den Heuvel

About the editor

Steven C. van den Heuvel (Ph.D.) is Assistant Professor in the Department of Systematic Theology at the Evangelische Theologische Faculteit (ETF), Leuven (Belgium), as well as Extraordinary Researcher of the Faculty of Theology at North-West University, South Africa. He first studied Pastoral Ministry at the Christelijke Hogeschool Ede, the Netherlands. He then went on to study Theology and Religious Studies at the ETF, receiving his Th.M., in 2010, followed by his Ph.D. in 2015, as part of a joint doctorate with the Theologische Universiteit Kampen, the Netherlands. His dissertation was entitled Bonhoeffer’s Christocentric Theology and Fundamental Issues in Environmental Ethics (Wipf & Stock 2017). Since then he has co-edited and contributed to books about leadership as well as social ethics, including The Challenges of Moral Leadership (Peeters 2016), The End of Leadership? Leadership and Authority at Crossroads (Peeters 2017), Increasing Diversity: Loss of Control of Adaptive Identity Construction? (Peeters 2018), Theological Ethics and Moral Value Phenomena: The Experience of Values (Routledge 2018), Driven by Hope: Economics and Theology in Dialogue (Peeters 2018), and Leading in a VUCA-World: Integrating Leadership, Discernment and Spirituality (Springer 2019). In addition, he has published articles in various journals and regularly presents papers at international academic conferences.

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Buying options

Softcover Book USD 49.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
Hardcover Book USD 59.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)