Currently holding a professor appointment at the New York University Department of Philosophy and School of Law, Kwame Anthony Appiah is an influential cultural theorist and philosopher. Appiah completed both his undergraduate studies and PhD in philosophy at Clare College, Cambridge.
Appiah began teaching as a professor in 1981, and has worked at such universities as the University of Ghana, Harvard University, and Princeton University. His writing and philosophy covers topics including ethics, philosophy of language, politics and political systems, culture, and race. This multifaceted approach has resulted in Appiah wielding significant influence in a range of areas. Appiah’s work draws on cosmopolitan philosophy, favoring notions of global citizenship and universalism, and evaluating and building on these ideas in light of cultural differences and racial histories. Appiah argues that the development of culture is dependent on intellectual exchange, which can be hampered or even impeded by capitalism.
For his work, Appiah has received numerous awards and honors, including the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award, election as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, and the Ralph J. Bunche Award from the American Political Science Association.
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