Appiah was born in London to Enid Margaret Appiah, an art historian and writer, and Joe Emmanuel Appiah (born 16 November 1918), a lawyer, diplomat, and politician from the Asante region, once part of the British Gold Coast colony but now part of Ghana. For two years (1970–72) Joe Appiah was the leader of a new opposition party that was made by the country's three opposing parties, simultaneously he was the president of the Ghana Bar association. Between the years 1977 and 1978, he was Ghana's representative at the United Nations. He died on 8 July 1990 in an Accra hospital at the age of 71.
Anthony Appiah was raised in Kumasi, Ghana, and educated at Bryanston School and Clare College, Cambridge, where he earned his BA (First Class) and Ph.D. in philosophy. Appiah has three sisters: Isobel, Adwoa and Abena. As a child, he also spent a good deal of time in England, staying with his grandmother Isobel, the Honourable Lady Cripps, widow of the English statesman the Right Honourable Sir Stafford Cripps.
Fabulously learned, these two men of letters split time between New York — where Mr. Finder is the editorial director of The New Yorker — and Princeton – where Mr. Appiah is a chaired professor of philosophy. But it’s not all Ivory Tower contemplation for the author of Cosmopolitanism, he has also contributed to Time, The Wall Street Journal and The New York Review of Books. (http://observer.com/2011/07/new-yorks-media-power-couples-the-addendum-23-list/pm_henry-finderkwame-anthony-appia-2/#ixzz3ZWiPNoyI)
Kwame Anthony Appiah is a philosopher, cultural theorist, and novelist whose interests include political and moral theory, the philosophy of language and mind, and African intellectual history. He was the Laurance S. Rockefeller University Professor of Philosophy at Princeton University, before moving to New York University in 2014. He currently holds an appointment at NYU’s Department of Philosophy and NYU's School of Law. He lives with his husband, Henry Finder, in an apartment in Chelsea, Manhattan, and a home in Pennington, New Jersey.
His family has a long political tradition: his maternal grandfather Sir Stafford was Labour Chancellor of the Exchequer (1947–50) under Clement Attlee. His great grandfather, Charles Cripps, 1st Baron Parmoor, was the Labour Leader of the House of Lords (1929–31) under Ramsay MacDonald; Parmoor had been a Conservative MP before defecting to Labour.
Through his grandmother Isobel Cripps Appiah is a descendant of John Winthrop and the New England Winthrop family as one of his ancestors, Robert Winthrop, was a Loyalist during the American Revolutionary War and migrated to England, becoming a distinguished Vice Admiral in the British Navy.
Through Professor Appiah's father, a Nana of the Ashanti people, he is also a direct descendant of Osei Tutu, the warrior emperor of pre-colonial Ghana, whose reigning successor, the Asantehene, is a distant relative of the Appiah family.
Cosmopolitanism: Ethics in a World of Strangers (Issues of Our Time) by Kwame Anthony Appiah
Series: Issues of Our Time
Paperback: 224 pages
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; Reprint edition (February 17, 2007)
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“A brilliant and humane philosophy for our confused age.”―Samantha Power, author of A Problem from Hell
Drawing on a broad range of disciplines, including history, literature, and philosophy―as well as the author's own experience of life on three continents―?Cosmopolitanism? is a moral manifesto for a planet we share with more than six billion strangers.
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