Can I hope the child growing in my partner’s womb will have a good-enough life?
Tom Whyman joins us unpack this question and many others at the launch of Infinitely Full of Hope, his philosophical memoir about becoming a father in an increasingly terrible world.
“This book is incredibly important for people who want to look to the future with excitement and imagination as opposed to fear and resignation. It is funny, poetic and humane as well as wildly smart.” – Josie Long
For Kant, philosophy boiled down to three key questions: “What can I know?”, “What ought I do?”, and “What can I hope for?” In philosophy departments, that third question has largely been neglected at the expense of the first two – even though it is crucial for understanding why anyone might ask them in the first place. In Infinitely Full of Hope, as he prepares to become a father for the first time, the philosopher Tom Whyman attempts to answer Kant’s third question, trying to make sense of it in the context of a world that increasingly seems like it is on the verge of collapse.
To navigate this philosophical terrain we have Amelia Horgan to chair!
“The abundant intelligence of this book on hope and despair and everything in between only makes its many moments of warmth and intimacy more moving and surprising. A seriously beautiful and timely work.” – Megan Nolan, author of Acts of Desperation
Tom Whyman is a philosopher and writer who lives in the north-east of England. He has taught at a number of UK universities, and was a contributing writer to The Outline. His thoughts are also available through his blog.
Amelia Horgan is a writer and researcher from London. She is currently writing a PhD on the politics of work at the University of Essex. She has written for various publications, including Tribune, the Guardian and VICE, and is involved in various campaigning initiatives, including London Young Labour. Her debut book is out with Pluto press in June – Lost in Work: Escaping Capitalism.