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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?

Alberto Domínguez Munáiz is a Jesuit priest natural from Pontevedra (Spain, 1980). He holds a master’s degree in engineering from Vigo University (Spain, 2007), studied philosophy at the Pontifical University of Salamanca (2009–11), he holds a master’s degree in pedagogy from the University of Salamanca (2011), a bachelor’s degree in theology from the Pontifical University Comillas (Madrid, 2016), a diploma in pastoral psychology from UNINPSI (Psychosocial Intervention Unit, Madrid, 2014), an STL master’s degree in systematic theology from Boston College University (USA, 2018), and a diploma in practicum of spiritual direction (Berkeley, California, 2018).