Welcome!

Since 2019 I have been a professor at Princeton, with appointments in Religion, Philosophy, and the University Center for Human Values. I am also directing the new Princeton Project in Philosophy and Religion.

From 2004 to 2016, I was assistant and then associate professor at Cornell’s Susan Linn Sage School of Philosophy, with appointments in the German Studies department, and Religious Studies program.  In 2016-2017 and 2017-2018 I was a professor at University of Pennsylvania, with appointments in Philosophy and Religious Studies.

My research is focused largely on Immanuel Kant and other early modern philosophers, as well as on philosophy of religion, the ethics of belief, and certain issues in aesthetics and moral psychology (especially hope and despair). I am also developing a scholarly-activist interest in food ethics.

Here is my CV.


Contact:

232 1879 Hall
Washington Road
Princeton University
Princeton, NJ 08540

chignell[at]princeton.edu

KantPapers.org

A Kantian research resource constructed with the help of numerous research assistants over the years. Powered by the Kant section of PhilPapers.

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HopeOptimism.com

Website for a 4-year, $5M cross-disciplinary grant effort, co-directed with Sam Newlands at Notre Dame. The main goal was to bring philosophers, psychologists, sociologists, scholars of religion, and even some theater- and film-makers together to think collaboratively about the nature and roles of hope and despair in human life.