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UNR hosts philosopher Kwame Anthony Appiah
by Tribune Staff
Oct 09, 2010 | 709 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
RENO — Northern Nevadans will have the opportunity to see a presentation by philosopher Kwame Anthony Appiah on Oct. 18.

Appiah is a philosophy professor at Princeton University, and has taught philosophy and African and African-American studies at Cambridge, Duke, Cornell, Yale and Harvard. His 2006 book, “Cosmopol-itanism: Ethics in a World of Strangers,” examines the concept of cosmopolitanism, or global citizenship. Being raised in Ghana and England, earning his doctorate at Cambridge and now residing in New York City and New Jersey, Appiah brings unique experience and insight to examine the true meaning of cosmopolitanism. 

“Cosmopolitanism” will be the topic of Appiah’s 7:30 p.m. presentation on Oct. 18 at the University of Nevada, Reno’s Joe Crowley Student Union, Ballroom A.

The presentation is the first annual Paul and Gwen Leonard Ethics and Politics Lecture sponsored by the philosophy department, the Leonard Endowment in Philosophy and the university. The Leonard family, including Paul and Gwen, (1936 and 1937 journalism and history graduates of the university), generously supported the university for many years, and their daughter, Rev. Jackie Leonard, who also is an alum, continues their philanthropic efforts.

The presentation is free and open to the public, with complimentary parking available on the top floor of the Brian J. Whalen parking structure. 

Appiah also will hold an open forum with faculty and students, discussing “The Life of Honor,” at 3:30 p.m. Oct. 18 in the university’s Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center, Room 422.

In his most recent book, “The Honor Code: How Moral Revolutions Happen,” Appiah explores what brings about moral progress, examining moral revolutions in the past and tactics being employed today to try to counter abhorrent practices. He theorizes that only honor — not appeals to reason, morality or religion — bring about true reform. 

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