The Long Now Foundation welcomes
Andrew Chignell (Cornell philosopher / CASBS fellow)
A Case for Hope in the Anthropocene
co-presented with the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences
Hosted by Long Now's Stewart Brand
Long Now members can access a free livestream of this event online.
@ The Interval at Long Now: check-in begins at 6:30; talk will start at 7:30
Philosophy Comes to Dinner, co-edited by our speaker, will be on sale and he will sign it after
Join us afterwards for drinks and conversation with our speaker
Andrew Chignell is an associate professor of philosophy at Cornell University and co-director of the Hope and Optimism project. Chignell's recent work includes looking at hope in both philosophical and popular contexts through the ages up to the present day. This includes both historical accounts of hope, as well as hope’s relationship to expectation, acceptance, and faith today.
In a special presentation for The Interval and in conversation with Long Now co-founder Stewart Brand, Chignell will discuss hope's past as an idea through the centuries and its future in the millennia ahead.
How do our current concepts of hope differ from those expressed by earlier philosophers, psychologists, and sociologists? Are the differences revealing? Do they reflect improvements in our grasp of these concepts or changes in the concepts themselves? Is hope under our control in some instances? What would that mean? Can we be morally praised for hoping in some contexts or blamed for not hoping? When is hope rational and when is it irrational? Is secular hope regarding progress and the human future structurally different from more traditional hopes regarding the afterlife?
As co-director of the Hope and Optimism project, based on a $5-million grant to support exploration of these ideas, Chignell oversees projects including not only new research in social science and philosophy but also playwriting & filmmaking competitions. In 02017 his new book What May I Hope? Answers to a Kantian Question will be published as part of the Kant's Five Questions series.
Long Now is pleased to continue our collaboration with CASBS.
This is one of several Interval talks this year that features 02016 CASBS fellows.
Since 01954 CASBS has been a preeminent national and international locus for cutting-edge, interdisciplinary, and transformative thinking and research on some of the most important challenges and issues. Its aim is discovery in the service of advancing social science methods, theories, and topics that address and answer socially significant questions. At the heart of the CASBS enterprise is its residential fellowship program, which attracts the finest minds from psychology, sociology, economics, political science, anthropology, history, philosophy, linguistics, and related disciplines.
Long Now members can access a free livestream of this event online. The studio of Edward Burtynsky is sponsoring The Interval’s live audio stream in 02016. Mercury Films and Studio Burtynsky’s forthcoming project Anthropocene (02017) looks at how civilization has re-engineered the world in ways that will persist into geological time. Their support enables us to stream these events for our members all over the world.
Andrew Chignell is an associate professor of philosophy at Cornell University and co-director of the Hope and Optimism project. His research covers epistemology, metaphysics, aesthetics, and philosophy of religion with a focus on "early modern" philosophy--the period from Descartes to Kant. He has secondary appointments at Cornell in German Studies and Religious Studies.
When & Where
The Interval at Long Now
The Interval at Long Now is a bar, cafe and event venue located in historic Fort Mason Center on San Francisco's north shore within view of the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz. We serve delicious beverages in a room full of mechanical wonders and thousands of books.
We are open daily 10AM to midnight. Events are typically on Tuesday nights a few times a month. Tickets usually go on sale 2 weeks prior to the event. Talks sell out quickly due to our limited capacity.
Long Now members can purchase tickets before the general public.
The Interval is home to The Long Now Foundation which is dedicated to long-term thinking through projects including building a 10,000-year Clock, the monthly Seminars About Long-term Thinking (SALT), The Rosetta Project, PanLex, and Revive & Restore.