On Hope and Knowledge
A Skeptic’s Response and Other Reflections
About the Book
Who are we?
Where are we?
How are we to behave?
These are the questions of a curious mind, and for many who increasingly find themselves unsettled by the unmooring of the modern age, ancient answers to these questions have become less and less satisfactory.
In On Hope and Knowledge, author Joseph Milana shares an insightful collection of essays exploring our place in the world, seeking out contemporary philosophical answers informed by science and history. Starting with some perhaps unusual insights on the history of science, Milana builds to broader questions of knowledge, of the known and the knowable, of God, of justice, and of love; he also explores our tendency to doubt, explaining it as both a guiding principle and a replenishing source of our humanity—a humanity that is confronted with increasingly frail and receding ancient wisdoms.
The curious mind seeks answers from the varieties of human experience—from history and religion to mathematics and science. Our lives are a constant attempt to synthesize all of these elements together to the best of our abilities—to find our place in the world. Hence philosophy; hence this effort now.
About the Author
Joseph Milana was born in Brooklyn, New York, and he received his PhD from the Institute of Theoretical Physics at SUNY–Stony Brook. After pursuing an academic career, he moved with his family to San Diego, California, in 1996, where he ultimately became a chief scientist at FICO and then at Opera Solutions. He currently owns a company that leverages statistical models and artificial intelligence to make investments in the derivatives market.