That is what we say in Ashanti when a great man or woman dies. And the death of Chinua Achebe is indeed the death of a great writer, and a great human being. The obituaries have rightly been reverential. I’ve tried to say something about how important his work was in this piece for The Root.
I’ve just returned from an enjoyable day at Oberlin College, where I had a chance to talk to Johnetta Cole, who runs the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African Art, about art and identity.
I’m delighted to say that there is now a simplified Chinese version of my book “Cosmopolitanism: Ethics in a World of Strangers.” Thanks to the Central Compilation and Translation Press in Beijing for their fine work!
My essay on courage-Courageux comme un lâche–appeared in the Libération Special Issue, En voilà des idées, on November 20 2012.
Artpress has an interesting issue with a bunch of portrait essays on American intellectuals, including one by Rumen Ogien, the philosopher, about me. You can also read about Wendy Brown, Nancy Fraser, Atul Gawande, and Janet Malcom and Joan Didion (discussed together by Davis Samuels), inter alia. It’s all in connection with the annual festival of ideas organized by the Villa Gillet in Lyon, which was kicked off in Paris (of course!) with a discussion about courage between me and Caroline Fourest and Pierre Zaoui, interviewed together by Olivier Pascal Moussellard and Alexis Lacroix. I found it very interesting! Excerpts will appear later in one of the leading French dailies. I’ll post a link when there is one.
Here’s an Al Jazeera program about the US election that includes a few comments from me: Al Jazeera Empire.
The Brazilian translation of “The Honor Code” is now available courtesy of Companhia das Letras and the translator, Denise Bottmann, to both of whom I am eternally grateful.
Next week I’ll be in Sao Paulo at a conference on identities at the University, and will have a chance to talk, also, about honor.
Michael Kinsley applies a theory of mine at Bloomberg.com.
For those who read traditional Chinese, here’s the website for Locus Publishing’s translation of “The Honor Code.” It has a beautiful cover … and I’d like very much to say “謝謝” to the translator, Zhuang Anqi.
Jean-Marie Durand writes: “Avoir de l’honneur signifie avoir droit au respect, selon Kwame Anthony Appiah qui, après Pour un nouveau cosmopolitisme (2008), s’impose dans le paysage de la philosophie morale actuelle en dialoguant indirectement avec les pensées contemporaines d’Axel Honneth, Martha Nussbaum ou Amartya Sen.”
Les InROCKuptibles No. 861 30 Mai-05 Juin 12 2012. (It’s on page 100!)