Kwame Anthony Appiah

b. 1954

Kwame Anthony Appiah was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 2017.

Kwame Anthony Appiah was born in London and grew up in Ghana. Since finishing his philosophy doctorate at Cambridge, he has mostly lived and worked in America, in a peripatetic career that began at Yale and took him by way of long stints at Harvard and Princeton to New York University. En route, he has written about African-American and African Studies, literary criticism, ethics, political theory and the philosophy of language and mind, published three novels, and addressed the wider reading public in books like Cosmopolitanism, The Honor Code, and Experiments in Ethics. He has been President of the PEN American Center and of the Modern Language Association. His next book, Mistaken Identities, is based on his 2016 Reith Lectures.

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