Kwame Anthony Appiah

Kwame Anthony Appiah is British born and was brought up in Ghana. He is Laurance S. Rockefeller Professor of Philosophy at Princeton University, where he also teaches African and African-American Studies. His work addresses issues of diversity, community building and cultural identity across linguistics, philosophy, metaphysics, anthropology, sociology and history. His publications include In My Father’s House: Africa in the Philosophy of Culture, a collection of essays on race and culture with Amy Gutmann, Colour Conscious: The Political Morality of Race, The Ethics of Identity, Cosmopolitanism - Ethics in a World of Strangers, and he is co-editor, with Henry Louis Gates Jr., of Encarta Africana, the first multi-media encyclopaedia of Africa and her diaspora. His most recent book is The Honor Code: How Moral Revolutions Happen. In 2008, Appiah published Experiments in Ethics and in the same year was awarded Brandeis University’s first Joseph B. and Toby Glitter Prize for “outstanding and lasting contributions to racial, ethnic and religious relations.” In February 2012 Appiah was awarded the National Humanities Medal by U.S President Barack Obama at a ceremony at the White House.