Kwame Anthony Appiah
New York University
Philosopher; Cultural studies scholar; Educator
Social and Behavioral Sciences
Sociology, Demography, and Geography
Educated at Cambridge University, where he took both B.A. and Ph.D. degrees in philosophy. His dissertation explored the foundations of probabilistic semantics; once revised, these arguments were published by Cambridge University Press as Assertion and Conditionals. Out of that first monograph grew a second book, For Truth in Semantics, which dealt with Michael Dummett’s defenses of semantic anti-realism. Since Cambridge, he has taught at Yale, Cornell, Duke, and Harvard universities and is now a member of the Princeton University faculty, where he is a member of the Philosophy Department and the University Center for Human Values. Has also published widely in African and African-American literary and cultural studies. In 1992, Oxford University Press published In My Father''''''''''''''''s House, which deals, in part, with the role of African and African-American intellectuals in shaping contemporary African cultural life. His current interests range over African and African-American intellectual history and literary studies, ethics and philosophy of mind and language; and he has also taught regularly about African traditional religions. But his major current work has to do with the philosophical foundations of liberalism.