Philosophy of Hope and Optimism

“The Philosophy of Hope and Optimism” is a $320,000 research initiative intended to support work in philosophy on hope and optimism. The concepts of hope and optimism have received comparatively little attention from philosophers, and those who have worked on them have achieved very little consensus. Our aim is to encourage research from both new and established scholars working on philosophical projects related to hope and optimism. We will invite requests for between $40,000 and $100,000 for projects not to exceed one year in duration. We intend to make up to 4 awards over a two-year period.

The Templeton Research Fellowships in “The Philosophy of Hope and Optimism” Program is a residential fellowship program that provides one-year awards for up to two visiting fellows at Cornell University during academic year 2016-2017. Awards will be for research on the nature, conceptual structure, and normative aspects of hope and/or optimism.

The Templeton Dissertation Fellowships in “The Philosophy of Hope and Optimism” Program is a residential dissertation fellowship program that provides one-year awards for up to two visiting dissertation fellows at Cornell University during academic year 2016-2017. Awards will be for dissertation research related to the nature, conceptual structure, and normative aspects of hope and optimism.

The Philosophy of Hope and Optimism Timeline

February 15, 2015: Philosophy non-residential applications due

Spring 2015: Funding decisions for Philosophy non-residential competition

February 15, 2016: Philosophy and Dissertation residential fellowship applications due; Philosophy non-residential applications due (subject to funding availability)

Spring 2016: Funding decisions for Philosophy competitions

 

For more deatils, please visit the project website: hopeoptimism.com