The Method of Hope: Anthropology, Philosophy, and Fijian Knowledge

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  • The Method of Hope examines the relationship between hope and knowledge by investigating how hope is produced in various
    forms of knowledge—Fijian, philosophical, anthropological. The book discusses the hope entailed in a wide range of
    Fijian knowledge practices such as archival research, gift giving, Christian church rituals, and business practices, and
    compares it with the concept of hope in the work of philosophers such as Immanuel Kant, Ernst Bloch, Walter Benjamin,
    and Richard Rorty.

    The book participates in on-going debates in social theory about how to reclaim the category of hope in progressive
    thought. The book marks a significant departure from other such efforts by combining a detailed ethnographic analysis of
    the production of hope in Fijian knowledge practices with an imaginative reading of well-known philosophical texts. The
    aim is to carve out a space for a new kind of relationship between anthropology and philosophy.

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