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Princeton professor to present fall Kenan lecture

Kwame AppiahPrinceton University philosophy professor Kwame Anthony Appiah will deliver the fall Kenan lecture on October 20 at 7:30 p.m. in Haggin Auditorium.

Appiah’s presentation is titled “Cosmopolitanism: Ethics in a World of Strangers.” His book by the same title won the 2007 Arthur Ross Award from the Council on Foreign Relations.

Cosmopolitanism is the name given to Appiah’s new system of ethics, which examines competing philosophical claims of various civilizations on the one hand, and groundless moral relativism on the other. He then arrives at an ethics that celebrates our common humanity while offering practical ways of managing our differences.

Appiah was born in London but was raised in Ghana by his African father and English mother. He earned B.A. and Ph.D. degrees in philosophy from Clare College, Cambridge University, and has taught at Yale University, Cornell University, Duke University, and Harvard University.

Appiah joined the Princeton faculty in 2002, where he has appointments as Laurence S. Rockefeller University Professor of Philosophy and in the University Center for Human Values. He is also associated with the Center for African American Studies, programs in African studies and translation studies, and the departments of comparative literature and politics.

Funded by a grant from the William R. Kenan Jr. Charitable Trust, the lecture is free and open to the public.

Learn more about Kwame Appiah on his website.

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