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Elpis

Elpis

Chapter:
(p.85) 5 Elpis
Source:
The Adventure
Author(s):
Giorgio Agamben, Lorenzo Chiesa
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262037594.003.0005

This chapter argues that love is, in a sense, always hopeless, and yet hope belongs only to it. This is the ultimate meaning of the myth of Pandora. The fact that hope, as the final gift, remains in the box means that it does not expect its factual accomplishment in the world—not because it postpones its fulfillment to an invisible beyond but because somehow it has always already been satisfied. Here, love is stronger than the adventure. But precisely for this reason, in love, we experience at each turn our inability to love and go beyond the adventure and events. Yet, this very inability is the drive that leads us to love.

Keywords:   love, hope, Elpis, adventure, Pandora, demon, poetry

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