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K. Anthony Appiah

United States

Kwame Anthony Akroma-Ampim Kusi Appiah was born in London (where his Ghanaian father was a law student) but moved as an infant to Ghana, where he grew up. His father, Joseph Emmanuel Appiah, a lawyer and politician, was also, at various times, a Member of Parliament, an Ambassador and a President of the Ghana Bar Association; his mother, the novelist and children's writer, Peggy Appiah, whose family was English, was active in the social, philanthropic and cultural life of Kumasi. His three younger sisters Isobel, Adwoa and Abena, were born in Ghana. Professor Appiah was educated at Clare College, Cambridge University, in England, where he took both B.A. and Ph.D. degrees in the philosophy department. Since Cambridge, he has taught at Yale, Cornell, Duke, and Harvard universities and lectured at many other institutions in the United States, Germany, Ghana and South Africa, as well as at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales in Paris; and he is now a member of the Princeton University faculty, where he has appointments in the Philosophy Department and the University Center for Human Values, as well as being associated with the Center for African American Studies, the Programs in African Studies and Translation Studies, and the Departments of Comparative Literature and Politics. Professor Appiah 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 explores the role of African and African-American intellectuals in shaping contemporary African cultural life. In 1996, he published Color Conscious: The Political Morality of Race with Amy Gutmann; in 1997 the Dictionary of Global Culture, co‑edited with Henry Louis Gates Jr. Along with Professor Gates he has also edited the Encarta Africana CD-ROM encyclopedia, published by Microsoft, which became the Perseus Africana encyclopedia in book form. This is now available in a revised multi-volume edition from Oxford University Press. In 2003, he co-authored Bu Me Bé: Proverbs of the Akan (of which his mother, the writer Peggy Appiah, was the major author), an annotated edition of 7,500 proverbs in Twi, the language of Asante. He is also the author of three novels, of which the first, Avenging Angel, was largely set at Clare College, Cambridge, and he reviews regulalry for the New York Review of Books. In 2004, Oxford University Press published his introduction to contemporary philosophy entitled Thinking It Through. In January 2005, Princeton University Press published The Ethics of Identity and in February 2006 Norton published Cosmopolitanism: Ethics in a World of Strangers, which won the 2007 Arthur Ross Award of the Council on Foreign Relations. In January 2008, Harvard University Press published his Experiments in Ethics, based on his 2005 Flexner lectures at Bryn Mawr. He is working on two books at the moment. One, The Honor Code, explores the role of ideas of honor in a number of historically important moments of moral change, and the other is a short essay on the Idea of the West. Kwame Anthony Appiah has been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Philosophical Society and was inducted in 2008 into the American Academy of Arts and Letters; and he has served on the boards of the PEN American Center, the National Humanities Center and the American Academy in Berlin. Until the fall of 2009, he served as a trustee of Ashesi University College in Accra, Ghana. Professor Appiah has homes in New York city and near Pennington, in New Jersey, which he shares with his partner PEN member, Henry Finder, Editorial Director of the New Yorker magazine. In 2007, he was the President of the Eastern Division of the American Philosophical Association and he now serves as Chair of the Executive Board of the American Philosophical Association; and he is also currently Chair of the Board of the American Council of Learned Societies. In March 2009, he succeeded Francine Prose as President of the PEN American Center.

Translation Bibliography

NON-FICTION

Assertion and Conditionals (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1985; digitally printed version 2008). For Truth in Semantics (Oxford: Blackwell’s, 1986). Necessary Questions: An Introduction to Philosophy (New York: Prentice-Hall/Calmann & King, 1989). In My Father’s House: Africa in the Philosophy of Culture (London: Methuen, 1992; New York: Oxford University Press, 1992); Na casa de meu pai: a África na filosofia da cultura Brazilian Edition (Rio de Janeiro: Contraponto Editora, Rio De Janeiro, 1997). Color Conscious: The Political Morality of Race (Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1996) with Amy Gutmann. Introduction by David Wilkins. Bu Me Bé: The Proverbs of the Akan with Peggy Appiah, and with the assistance of Ivor Agyeman-Duah (Accra: The Center for Intellectual Renewal, 2002); 2nd ed. (Banbury, Oxon.; Ayebia Clarke Publishing, 2008). Thinking It Through: An Introduction to Contemporary Philosophy (New York: Oxford University Press, 2003). Translations: Brazilian Portuguese: Introdução à filosofia contemporânea, trans. Vera Lúcia Mello Joscelyne (Petrópolis: Vozes, 2006); Italian: “Quell'x tale che ...”: Introduzione alla filosofia contemporanea trans. S. Levi (Bari: Giuseppe Laterza, 2009). The Ethics of Identity (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2005).

Translations:

Spanish: La ética de la identidad trans. Lilia Mosconi (Buenos Aires, Madrid: Katz Editores, 2007); Turkish: (Istanbul: Merkez Kitaplar, forthcoming). Cosmopolitanism: Ethics in a World of Strangers (New York: W. W. Norton, 2006; London: Allen Lane, 2006). Translations: Brazilian Portuguese: (Rio de Janeiro: Zahar Editores, forthcoming); Chinese: (Shanghai: Shanghai Century Publishing Company, forthcoming); Dutch: Kosmopolitisme: Ethiek in een wereld van vreemden trans. Han van der Vegt (Amsterdam: Uitgeverij Bert Bakker, 2007); French: Pour un Nouveau Cosmopolitisme trans. Agnès Botz (Paris: Odile Jacob, 2008); German: Der Kosmopolit: Philosophie des Weltbürgertums trans. Michael Bischoff (Munich: C. H. Beck, 2007) & (Bonn: Lizenzausgabe für die Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung, 2007); Greek: (Alexandria Publications: Athens, forthcoming); Hebrew: תויטילופומסוק trans. Idit Shorer (Tel Aviv: Xargol, 2008); Indonesian: Kosmopolitanisme: Etika di Dunia yang Mengglobal (Serpong-Tangerang: Marjin Kiri, forthcoming); Italian: Cosmopolitismo: L’etica in un mondo di stranieri trans. S. Liberatore (Bari: Giuseppe Laterza, 2007); Korean: 세계시민주의 trans. The Society of Practical Philosophy (Min-Young Kim , Sang-Hyun Kim, Ji-Hyun Kim, Dae-Won Park, Byung-Tak Lee, and Sang-Hwan Rhie) (Seoul: ByBooks, 2008); Polish: Kosmopolityzm. Etyka w świecie obcych trans. Joanna Klimczyk (Warsaw: Prószynski i S-ka, 2008); Portuguese Cosmopolitismo trans. Ana Catarina Fonseca (Mem Martins: Publicações Europa-América, forthcoming); Romanian: Cosmopolitism: Etica intr-o lume a strainilor trans. Andrei Mihai Pogonaru (Bucharest: Andreco Educational Grup SA, 2007); Spanish: Cosmopolitismo: La ética en un mundo de extraños trans. Lilia Mosconi (Buenos Aires, Madrid: Katz Editores, 2007); Turkish: Kozmopolitizm: Yeni Küresel Ahlak trans. Fezal Gülfidan (Istanbul: BZD, 2008). Experiments in Ethics. The Mary Flexner Lectures Series of Bryn Mawr College. (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2008). Translations: German: Ethische Experimente: Ãœbungen Zum Guten Leben trans. Michael Bischoff (Munich: C. H. Beck, 2009). El meu cosmopolitisme/My cosmopolitanism. Catalan/English parallel text: Trans. Daniel Gamper (Barcelona: Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona, 2008). Mi Cosmopolitismo. Spanish: Trans. Lilia Mosconi. With an interview with Daniel Gamper Sachse”Las culturas sólo importan si les importa las personas.” (Buenos Aires, Madrid: Katz Editores, 2008). Che cos’è l’Occidente? (Modena: paginette festivalfilosofia, Fondazione San Carlo di Modena, 2008). The Politics of Culture, the Politics of Identity, Eva Holtby Lecture on Contemporary Culture No. 2, (Toronto: Institute for Contemporary Culture at the Royal Ontario Museum, 2008). IN PREPARATION The Honor Code: How Moral Revolutions Are Made (New York: W. W. Norton, 2010).

Translations:

German: C. H. Beck (2010).

FICTION

Avenging Angel (London: Constable, 1990; New York: St. Martin’s Press, 1991). Nobody Likes Letitia (London: Constable, 1994). Another Death in Venice (London: Constable, 1995).

EDITED BOOKS

Early African-American Classics (edited with an introduction) (New York: Bantam, 1990). Langston Hughes: Critical Perspectives Past and Present, Amistad Literary Series (New York: Amistad Press, 1993), edited with H. L. Gates Jr. Zora Neale Hurston: Critical Perspectives Past and Present, Amistad Literary Series (New York: Amistad Press, 1993), edited with H. L. Gates Jr. Toni Morrison: Critical Perspectives Past and Present, Amistad Literary Series (New York: Amistad Press, 1993), edited with H. L. Gates Jr. Gloria Naylor: Critical Perspectives Past and Present, Amistad Literary Series (New York: Amistad Press, 1993), edited with H. L. Gates Jr. Alice Walker: Critical Perspectives Past and Present, Amistad Literary Series (New York: Amistad Press, 1993), edited with H. L. Gates Jr. Richard Wright: Critical Perspectives Past and Present, Amistad Literary Series (New York: Amistad Press, 1993), edited with H. L. Gates Jr. Ann Petry: Critical Perspectives Past and Present, Amistad Literary Series (New York: Amistad Press, 1994), edited with H. L. Gates Jr. Frederick Douglass: Critical Perspectives Past and Present, Amistad Literary Series (New York: Amistad Press, 1994), edited with H. L. Gates Jr. Chinua Achebe: Critical Perspectives Past and Present, Amistad Literary Series (New York: Amistad Press, 1993), edited with H. L. Gates Jr. Identities (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1995), edited with H. L. Gates Jr. A Dictionary of Global Culture (New York: Knopf, 1996) edited with H. L. Gates Jr. Encarta Africana (Redmond, Washington: Microsoft, 1999) edited with H. L. Gates Jr. Africana: The Encyclopedia of the African and African-American Experience (New York: Basic-Civitas, 1999) edited with H. L. Gates Jr. Encarta Africana 2000 (Redmond, Washington: Microsoft, 1999) edited with H. L. Gates Jr. The Poetry of our World: An International Anthology of Contemporary Poetry Edited by Jeffrey Paine with Kwame Anthony Appiah, Sven Birkerts, Joseph Brodsky, Carolyn Forché, and Helen Vendler (Edited and introduced African section.) Africana: The Concise Desk Reference (Philadelphia, Running Press, 2003) edited with H. L. Gates Jr. Africana: The Encyclopedia of the African and African-American Experience, Second Edition (New York: Oxford University Press, 2005) edited with H. L. Gates Jr. Buying Freedom (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2007) edited with Martin Bunzl.

SHORT STORIES

“The Pool.” In Shade: An Anthology of Short Fiction By Gay Men of African Descent Bruce Morrow and Charles Rowell (ed.) (New York: Avon Books, 1996).

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