NYU announced yesterday that I would be moving there in January to start a new job as Professor of Philosophy and Law. I am sad to be leaving Princeton, which has been a wonderful place to teach and to think; but the new job will involve exciting challenges in another great philosophy department and in a terrific law school, where I have taught before. Whnyu.300x300at’s distinctive about the job is the idea of trying to bring together students across the global network of NYU’s campuses to think together about global ethics. I am a long-time proponent of conversations across societies; now I would like to see how to build this into my teaching as well as my research. I’m spending the spring thinking about this with colleagues in New York–including those who are expert in using digital technologies for teaching–as well as with some in other parts of our global network university with whom I would like to co-teach. Collaboration will begin with conversation and with learning–much of it on my part–about the people and the  resources in New York, Abu Dhabi, Shanghai, Accra, Buenos Aires …. there are so many thrilling possibilities. (Here is the piece in today’s New York Times about the move. Click here to read. And one in the Chronicle of Higher Education. And one in Diverse: Issues in Higher Education. Opinions as well as facts, as they say, “on them”!) Both Princeton and NYU have given me much to be thankful for over this Thanksgiving holiday.

Sir Douglas Robb and Me


KAA and Sir Douglas Robb

Sir Douglas Robb and Kwame Anthony Appiah

Graham and Sarah Coxhead hosted a lovely dinner party for me while I was giving the Douglas Robb lectures at the University of Auckland.  Sarah is Sir Douglass Robb’s daughter. While at their house, Graham took a picture of me with (a picture of) Sir Douglas! As Private Eye would have asked: “Separated at birth?” now has Cosmoplitanism … tomorrow it will have The Honor Code

After many hours in the recording studio for me and some trusty producers, audio versions of  Cosmopolitanism and The Honor Code are now available at  Click on the titles to go to the site! There’s a chance to listen to an audio sample by clicking below the image of the book’s cover. On your next long ride, you could take them with you! Enjoy.

A great tree has fallen.

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. images


A Conversation at Oberlin

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. rs18466_img_9376-scr

New Chinese Translation of “Cosmopolitanism”

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!


Libération, Special Issue: En voilà des idées

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.

The Election

Here’s an Al Jazeera program about the US election that includes a few comments from me: Al Jazeera Empire.

O CÓDIGO DE HONRA – Como ocorrem as revoluções morais

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.