The third lecture in the Program on Religion, Diplomacy, and International Relations 2007-2008 lecture series, "What's Special About Religious Disputes?" was held at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 10, 2008 in Bowl 1, Robertson Hall, presented by K. Anthony Appiah, Laurance S. Rockefeller University Professor of Philosophy and the University Center for Human Values at Princeton University. The lecture was free and open to the public.
Appiah received his PhD from Cambridge University in 1982. He has since taught at Yale, Cornell, Duke, and Harvard Universities, and has lectured at many other institutions in the United States, Germany, Ghana, South Africa, and at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales in Paris. He joined the Princeton faculty in 2002.
Appiah’s interests include philosophy of mind and language, African and African-American intellectual history, and political philosophy. Among his books are Assertion and Conditionals (1985), For 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), and The Ethics of Identity and Cosmopolitanism: Ethics in a World of Strangers (2006), which won the 2007 Arthur Ross Award of the Council on Foreign Relations.