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Kwame Anthony Appiah

Kwame Anthony Appiah, British philosophy educator, writer. Morse fellow, Yale University, 1983, Andrew W. Mellon fellow, 1990, Society for Humanities Junior fellowship, Cornell University, 1985-1986, Phi Beta Kappa Romanelli professorship, 2008-2009.


  • Appiah, Kwame Anthony was born on May 8, 1954 in London. Arrived in United States, 1981. Son of Joseph Emmanuel and Peggy (Cripps) Appiah.

  • Education

    • Bachelor in Philosophy with honors, Cambridge University, 1975. Master of Arts, Cambridge University, 1980. Doctor of Philosophy in Philosophy, Cambridge University, 1982.

      Doctor of Letters (honorary), University Richmond, 2000. Doctor of Letters (honorary), Colgate University, 2003. Doctor of Letters (honorary), Bard College, 2004.

      Doctor of Letters (honorary), Fairleigh Dickinson University, 2006. Doctor of Letters (honorary), Swarthmore College, 2006.


    • Teaching assistant University Ghana, Accra, Ghana, 1975-1976. Tutor Sussex University, Brighton, England, 1977. Research fellow Clare College, Cambridge, 1979-1981.

      Assistant professor Yale University, New Haven, 1981-1985, associate professor, 1985-1986, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, 1986-1989, 89. Professor philosophy Duke University, Durham, North Carolina, 1990-1991. Professor Afro-American studies and philosophy Harvard University, Cambridge, 1991—1999, Charles H. Carswell professor Afro-American studies and Philosophy, 1999—2002.

      Laurance S. Rockefeller university professor philosophy Princeton University, since 2002. Visiting fellow Yale College, 1979, Clare College, 1983-1984, director studies in philosophy, 1980. Commissioner Howard University Press, Washington, 1988.

      Member Joint Committee on African Studies, New York City, 1987-1994. Supervising committee English Institute, Boston, 1990-1994, trustee, since 1995. Board member W.E.B. Du Bois Institute Harvard University, 1991-2002, faculty education, 1997-2002.

      Advisory council member Green Center, University Texas, Dallas, 1998-2002. Professor African American studies Princeton University, since 2002, professor comparative literature, since 2005, professor politics, since 2006. Non-fiction juror Pulitzer Prize, 2004.


    • La etica de la identidad/ The Ethics of Identity (Spanish Edition)
    • Si hay algo que caracteriza a mi aporte, afirma Appiah, es que siempre parte de la perspectiva del individuo dedicado a hacer su propia vida -reconociendo que hay otros que están involucrados en el mismo proyecto- y que se preocupa por preguntar qué significa la vida social y política para este proyecto que compartimos.
    • Thinking It Through: An Introduction to Contemporary Philosophy
    • Thinking it Through is a thorough, vividly written introduction to contemporary philosophy and some of the most crucial questions of human existence, including the nature of mind and knowledge, the status of moral claims, the existence of God, the role of science, and the mysteries of language.
    • The Ethics of Identity
    • Race, ethnicity, nationality, religion, gender, sexuality: in the past couple of decades, a great deal of attention has been paid to such collective identities.


    Volunteer Martin Luther King Junior After-School Program. Board trustees Facing History, since 1993. Fellow American Association for the Advancement of Science.

    Member American Academy of Arts and Letters, Modern Language Association (member executive council 2003-2006), Poets, Playwrights, Editors, Essayists and Novelists association (chair freedom to write committee 1996-2003), African Literature Association, African Studies Association, American Philosophical Society (vice president eastern division 2006, president eastern division 2007, chairman board officers 2008), American Academy Berlin (board directors 2005-2006), American Academy Religion, American Council Learned Societies (board directors since 2004, board chairman since 2005), Council Foreign Relations, Aristotelian Society, Society African Philosophy in North America (founding member, president 1991-1994).



    Writing and reading mystery novels.


    • father: Joseph Emmanuel Appiah
    • mother: Peggy (Cripps) Appiah
    Kwame Anthony Appiah
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    Born May 8, 1954
    (age 63)
    • 1975
      Cambridge University
    • 1980
      Cambridge University
    • 1982
      Cambridge University
    • 2003
      Colgate University
    • 2004
      Bard College
    • 2006
      Fairleigh Dickinson University
    • 2006
      Swarthmore College
    • 1975 - 1976
      Teaching assistant, University Ghana
      Accra, Greater Accra, Ghana
    • 1977
      tutor Sussex University
      Brighton, Michigan, United States
    • 1979 - 1981
      research fellow, Clare College
      Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States
    • 1981 - 1985
      assistant, professor Yale University
      New Haven, Connecticut, United States
    • 1986 - 1989
      assistant, professor Yale University
      Ithaca, New York, United States
    • 1990 - 1991
      professor, philosophy Duke University
      Durham, United Kingdom
    • 1991 - 1999
      professor, Afro-American studies and philosophy Harvard University
      Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States
    • 2002
      Laurance S. Rockefeller university professor, philosophy Princeton University
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