Welcome!

Since 2019 I have been a professor in the University Center for Human Values at Princeton, with appointments in the Religion and Philosophy departments.

Together with Lara Buchak, I direct the new Princeton Project in Philosophy and Religion. 

I’m also honored to be serving as the current president of the North American Kant Society.

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

My research focuses mostly 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

The Ethics of Eating

The “Ethics of Eating” course that I taught for many years at Cornell with Will Starr is now open to anyone in the world as a MOOC on edX.org.

KantPapers.org

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

Hope, Despair, Optimism, Pessimism

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.