Andrew Chignell is a professor of philosophy at University of Pennsylvania, with a secondary appointment in the department of Religious Studies. From 2003 to 2016, he taught in Cornell's Susan Linn Sage School of Philosophy, German Studies department and Religious Studies program. His research is focused on Kant and modern philosophy, the ethics of belief, aesthetics, philosophy of religion, and food ethics. With Sam Newlands, Chignell was most recently the co-director of a multi-year $5m Hope and Optimism initiative.
Hope is not as soft or as passive an emotion as we think. Here's how 'The Shawshank Redemption' can teach us the philosophy and function of hope as a response to possibility.