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Freedom Freed by Hope

A Conversation with Johann B. Metz and William F. Lynch on the ‘Identity Crisis’ in the West

Alberto Dominguez Munaiz

A hopeless individual is more vulnerable and is threatened with indifference, meaninglessness, apathy, anxiety, stress, and despair. Are there symptoms of this in the West? Is it an individual phenomenon or has it been historically-culturally transmitted?

This book analyzes, from an interdisciplinary perspective (psychology, sociology, neuroscience, philosophy, theology), how hope contributes to forming a mentally healthy and mature identity. But what hope? Is this just for moments of despair? Can hope free imagination, enlarge desires and rehabilitate the zest for life? Is there a phenomenology of hope?

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I would like to thank Rafael Luciani and Casey Beaumier, S.J. for stimulating and advising the publication of this study. Also, my best gratitude to Pope Francis who kindly supports this project by writing the preface of this book as well as for your inspiring leadership.

And for all of my teachers, professors and tennis and handball coaches whom, for better or worse, I have had throughout my life. Something was given to me by all of you. And this is an expression of my gratitude.

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