kwame anthony appiah
Born in London to an English mother and Ghanaian father, Appiah first lived in Kumasi, Ghana, then in Cambridge where he gained a doctorate in philosophy, today he lives in New York. Philosopher and historian of African culture, over the years he has been involved in literature and the philosophy of language as well as racism, identity and moral theory, from the perspective of a liberal humanism and a cosmopolitan spirit. Among his books are highlighted In My Father’s House (1992), The Ethics of Identity (2005), Cosmopolitanism - Ethics in a world of strangers (2006), Thinking It Through: An Introduction to Contemporary Philosophy (2003). More recent publications are: The honor code - How moral revolutions happen (2010), Lines of Descent: W. E. B. Du Bois and the Emergence of Identity (2014). Appiah is also the author of three detective novels. Lecturer at several American universities, including New York University, he was the Laurance S. Rockefeller University Professor of Philosophy at Princeton University. President of PEN American Center from 2009 to 2013, he was awarded the National Humanities Medal in 2012 by President Obama. Since October 2015, he is the author of the weekly “Ethicist” column for “The New York Times Magazine” together with Amy Bloom e Kenji Yoshino.