Hope & Optimism: Conceptual and Empirical Investigations


Hope & Optimism: Conceptual and Empirical Investigations (2013-2017) revitalized and extended the interdisciplinary investigation of hope and optimism across philosophy, theology, and the social sciences. The project awarded $2.3 million to researchers from North America, Europe, and the Near East to investigate and expand human understanding of the theoretical, empirical, and practical dimensions of hope, optimism, and related states.

Through stage and screen initiatives, we produced a new play that debuted in New York and Los Angeles and awarded prizes to more than ten short films on the role of hope in human life.

We sponsored a wide-range of activities and events, including:

This four-year research initiative was led by Andrew Chignell, Professor of Philosophy at the University of Pennsylvania, and Samuel Newlands, William J. and Dorothy K. O'Neill Collegiate Associate Professor in Philosophy and Co-Director of the Center for Philosophy of Religion


For more information, visit the project website: hopeoptimism.com