Kwame Anthony Appiah

Kwame Anthony Appiah teaches philosophy at New York University in the College of Arts and Sciences and the Law School. Earlier, he taught at Princeton, Harvard, Duke, Cornell, Yale, Cambridge and the University of Ghana. He grew up in Ghana and was educated at Cambridge, where he took undergraduate and doctoral degrees in philosophy. He has written widely in philosophy of mind and language, ethics and political philosophy, and the philosophy of art, of culture and of the social sciences; as well as in literary studies, where his focus has been on African and African-American literature. From 2008 to 2011, he was Chairman of the Board of the American Philosophical Association, in 2009 to 2012 he was President of the PEN American Center, and in 2016 he will be President of the Modern Language Association. In February 2012, President Obama presented him with the National Humanities Medal. In 1992, he published the prize-winning In My Father's House: Africa in the Philosophy of Culture. His recent publications include: The Ethics of Identity (2005), Cosmopolitanism: Ethics in a World of Strangers (2006), Experiments in Ethics (2009), The Honor Code: How Moral Revolutions Happen (2010), and Lines of Descent: W. E. B. Du Bois and the Invention of Identity (2014).

 

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