Fordham Law

Princeton's Professor Appiah Named Fordham Law Distinguished Visiting Professor

February 26, 2008

Professor Kwame Anthony Appiah of Princeton will serve as Fordham Law's Bacon-Kilkenny Chairholder this fall and lead a seminar on Democratic Theory.

A renowned philosopher, cultural theorist, and novelist, Professor Appiah has been called a "post-modern Socrates."

"He is, very simply, one of the most important thinkers of our day, a wide-ranging scholar who has contributed immeasurably to current discussion about political philosophy, philosophy of mind and language, and issues of race, national identity and citizenship, among other matters," said Dean and Paul Fuller Chair of Law William Michael Treanor. "Furthermore, Professor Appiah is a fine teacher and I am delighted that he has accepted our offer to visit the Fordham Law community."

Currently serving at the Laurance S. Rockefeller University Professor of Philosophy and the Center for Human Values at Princeton University, Professor Appiah earned his Ph.D. in philosophy at Cambridge University in 1982. He has also taught philosophy as well as African and African-American studies at Cambridge, Duke, Cornell, Yale and Harvard. Professor Appiah has made great contributions to the legal community, including his keynote address Global Citizenship delivered at Fordham Law's 2006 New Dimensions of Citizenship Symposium.

The distinguished author and editor of many scholarly books, novels, essays, and articles, and the recipient of several international awards, Professor Appiah is currently working on a book addressing honor and moral change.

Professor Appiah's published works include Assertion and Conditionals (1985), Truth in Semantics (1986), In My Father's House: Africa in the Philosophy of Culture (1992), Color Conscious: The Political Morality of Race (with Amy Gutmann; 1996), Thinking It Through: An Introduction to Contemporary Philosophy (2003), The Ethics of Identity (2005), and Cosmopolitanism: Ethics in a World of Strangers(2006). 

The Bacon-Kilkenny Chair of Law for a Distinguished Visiting Professor was established in honor of two distinguished former Law School faculty members, the late George W. Bacon and the late Victor E. Kilkenny, to recognize the exceptional legal scholarship of eminent visiting professors of Fordham Law.

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