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.

You Will Be Embarrassed About This in 20 Years

Michael Kinsley applies a theory of mine at Bloomberg.com.

Taiwan Edition of The Honor Code is now available in “Complex” Chinese

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.

A review of “Le code d’honneur” in the French rock magazine “Les Inrockuptibles”!

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!)

Harvard Commencement 2012

I had the great honor of being awarded an honorary Doctorate of Laws today at the Harvard Commencement, in (as you would expect!) very distinguished company. There were: the composer, John Adams; the great literary critic, Gillian Beer; the physicist (and Chemistry Nobel laureate), Walter Kohn; Wendy Kopp, who founded Teach for America; Mario Molina, the engineer (and Chemistry Nobel laureate, again); and John Lewis, one of my great heroes. Fareed Zakaria, journalist and public intellectual, not only got an honorary degree with us but was the Commencement speaker. Hearing John Lewis’s extraordinary life briefly sketched for us was a very moving moment. Chatting to him in the afternoon as we waited for the afternoon exercises was an enormous pleasure.

Katy Chevigny’s film “The Honor Code”

Watch the movie.

Short documentary on “The Honor Code” to premiere at Tribeca Film Festival.

THE HONOR CODE, directed by Katy Chevigny, will make its premiere at the 12th annual Tribeca Film Festival. It’ll also be released online at the same time, and I’ll add links to that once I have them. Arts Engine, the production company, says:

This short documentary on philosopher Kwame Anthony Appiah, will premiere on Wednesday, April 25th at 3 pm as a special event in the festival, the Focus Forward Shorts Program.  THE HONOR CODE is part of a group of nine short films on people whose innovations or inventions have had a significant impact on how we live.  The event will take place at Tribeca Cinemas 2, 54 Varick Street, at 3 pm on Wednesday, April 25th.  The event will be followed by Q&As and cocktails in the Varick Room.

Tickets go on sale to the public on Monday, April 16th at 11 am.  You can check out all the information on the Focus Forward Shorts Program at http://bit.ly/HsYSMj.

Le code d’honneur

Le code d’honneur–un «beau livre» selon Jacques Dubois!–est maintenant paru chez Gallimard. Il y’a des extraits et des liens ici. Mon favori? Cet extrait d’un essaie de Roger-Pol Droit dans Le monde des livres: «II est temps que les lecteurs français découvrent Appiah, ce philosophe né en 1954, à la fois ghanéen, britannique et américain, romancier a ses heures, esprit libre en permanence.»

The French edition of The Honor Code is now out. There are links to and excerpts from some–mostly very friendly–reviews in the French press here. “

A conversation with Al Jazeera English

Sami Zeidan and I talked about cosmopolitanism in Doha a little while ago and Al Jazeera has now aired our discussion.


An Afternoon at the White House

I had the very great honor of being awarded the National Humanities Medal today by President Obama, in the company of people for whom I have the most enormous respect: John Ashbery, poet extraordinary and genial companion; Amartya Sen, one of the deepest philosophers of our age and, in part because of that, one of the most important figures in shaping modern economics; Charles Rosen, musician and historian and theorist of music (also a great humanist in so many other ways) … I could gloss each of the others with such respectful epithets.

Various people in my family asked what it was that the President said to me. What I remember is that he said that he had wanted to call his first book “In My Father’s House” but that I had already taken that title. (I should have had the presence of mind to say that my book would have been called “The Invention of Africa” if Valentin Mudimbe had not already taken that title … so he should have been complaining to Valentin.)

Here are just a few pictures of the event, courtesy of Jonathan Finder, my brother-in-law: