Keyword: kwame anthony appiah

What is Cosmopolitanism and Is It Under Threat?

Picture credit: www.nas.org Video Professor Kwame Anthony Appiah is a philosopher advocating a school of thought called 'cosmopolitanism'. He describes cosmopolitanism as a very old tradition because the word "cosmopolitan" comes from the Greek phrase from the 4th century BC, 'kosmopolites', which means "citizen of the world". It is a tradition of thought, which tries to develop a metaphor for the idea that we are all citizens of the world, he explains. Cosmopolitans welcome diversity of culture,...

When Honour Meets Morality

Video How do moral revolutions occur? How, in today's world, can a universal moral stand bring an end to brutal and questionable social customs, such as honour killings and child marriages? In trying to provide answers to these questions, Prof. Kwame Anthony Appiah who teaches philosophy at Princeton University explains how cruel and inhumane acts that once qualified as custom (such as slavery), collapsed when they were put under moral scrutiny. When Appiah was conducting research...