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Kwame Anthony Appiah to Lecture on “Honor and Moral Change”


Kwame Anthony Appiah
Kwame Anthony Appiah

Kwame Anthony Appiah, professor of philosophy and law at New York University, and author of The Honor Code and Cosmopolitanism, will give a lecture titled “Honor and Moral Change: At Home and Abroad,” on Monday, Sept. 29, at 7:30 p.m., in the Chapel. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Appiah is a British-born Ghanaian philosopher, cultural theorist and novelist whose interests include political and moral theory, the philosophy of language and mind, and African intellectual history. A leading thinker on race and society, he grew up in Ghana and earned a Ph.D. at Cambridge University. Appiah was the Laurance S. Rockefeller University Professor of Philosophy at Princeton University, before moving to New York University in 2014. He currently holds an appointment at NYU's Department of Philosophy and NYU's School of Law.

He is the author of Cosmopolitanism: Ethics in a World of Strangers, The Honor Code: How Moral Revolutions Happen, and most recently Lines of Descent: W. E. B. Du Bois and the Emergence of Identity. The Honor Code was one of the New York Times Book Review’s 100 notable books of 2010 and also a Times Literary Supplement 2010 Book of the Year.

Hamilton is hosting a speaker series to support its growing commitment to social innovation. It aims to educate our community about the many different ways that practitioners and academics can contribute to addressing persistent social problems in an effective, ethical, and sustainable manner. The series will consist of well-known speakers focused on one of each of the divisions of the College: the Arts, Humanities, Sciences and Social Sciences.

This lecture is sponsored by the Levitt Center and co-sponsored by the Diversity and Social Justice Project and the Philosophy Department.

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