Anthony Appiah

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Kwame Anthony Appiah

Kwame Anthony Akroma-Ampim Kusi Appiah (born May 8, 1954 in London ) is an analytical philosopher who, among other things, works on questions of semantics , ethics , politics and intercultural philosophy and writes novels in addition to extensive editorial work. He is a professor at New York University .


Appiah was born in London as the son of the well-known Ghanaian politician and lawyer Joe Appiah and Peggy Cripps-Appiah, who was born in Great Britain and made famous in Ghana for her children's books . He spent his childhood in Kumasi , Ghana .

Appiah studied from 1972 to 1982 at Clare College in Cambridge and earned his doctorate there ( Ph.D. ). He then worked at Yale from 1982 to 1986 , Cornell from 1986 to 1990 and then Duke from 1990 to 1991 . From 1991 to 2002 he was at Harvard . In 2002 Appiah was appointed Laurance S. Rockefeller Professor at Princeton and in 2014 he moved to New York University .

In 1995 Appiah was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences . In 2001 he became an elected member of the American Philosophical Society .

He is best known for his concept of cosmopolitanism as the primacy of universality ( human rights values ) over difference ( among cultures ). Race and identity play a central role in his politically liberal thinking.

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Web links

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Individual evidence

  1. ^ Member History: Kwame Anthony Appiah. American Philosophical Society, accessed April 12, 2018 (with a short biography).
  2. Kwame Anthony Appiah: “Identities” “There was never a uniform culture” , of September 21, 2019, accessed on the same date