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Appiah to present second talk in President's Lecture Series, Dec. 10

Kwame Anthony Appiah , the Laurance Rockefeller University Professor of Philosophy and the University Center for Human Values, will present the second talk in this year's President's Lecture Series on Wednesday, Dec. 10.

He will speak on "The Ethics of Identity" at 4:30 p.m. in 101 Friend Center. The series was initiated by President Tilghman in 2001 to bring together faculty members from different disciplines.

Appiah will explore the work of English philosopher John Stuart Mill (1806-1873), who believed that each of us should play the central part in planning and managing our own lives. This ideal of individuality "is essentially an idea in the ancient field of ethics, as Aristotle understood that term, because Aristotle meant by ethics something like 'normative reflection on the making of our lives,'" according to Appiah, who this fall is teaching a freshman seminar on "Individuality as an Ideal."

"Making a life requires not only attention to our obligations to other people (and, of course, to animals and, perhaps, various aspects of the natural world) but also the evaluation of projects -- among them friendship, marriage, career, vocation -- whose success or failure will determine whether our lives, taken as a whole, are successful," he said.

The third and final lecture in this year's series will be presented at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 3, by Marta Tienda , the Maurice During Professor in Demographic Studies and professor of sociology and public affairs. She will discuss her current research on demography, inequality and access to higher education.

The lectures will be Webcast live.

Contact: Tom Bartus (609) 258-3601

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