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Appiah to explore 'Life of Honor' in lecture series

Tuesday through Thursday, March 24-26, 2009, 4:30 p.m. McCosh 10

Princeton philosophy professor Kwame Anthony Appiah will deliver a series of lectures on "The Life of Honor?" at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, March 24-26, in McCosh 10.

Appiah, the Laurance S. Rockefeller University Professor of Philosophy and the University Center for Human Values, will address the following topics: "The Death of the Duel" on March 24; "The End of Footbinding" on March 25; and "Lessons and Legacies" on March 26.

The lecture series is part of Appiah's yearlong distinction as the Romanell-Phi Beta Kappa Professor. The honor is awarded annually by the Phi Beta Kappa Society to scholars in the field of philosophy to recognize distinguished achievement and contribution to public understanding of philosophy. Recipients give a series of three special lectures during their professorship.

Known as one of the world's most distinguished moral and political philosophers, Appiah also explores issues that capture the interest of the public at large. Appiah is the author of more than 10 books of philosophy and three works of fiction. His most recent book, "Experiments in Ethics," explores experimental philosophy and the connection between moral philosophy and the sciences. His 2006 book "Cosmopolitanism: Ethics in a World of Strangers" was awarded the Council on Foreign Relations' Arthur Ross Book Award.

Appiah, a Princeton faculty member since 2002, has taught in the United States, Germany, France and South Africa. He is chair of the board of directors of the American Council of Learned Societies, a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the recipient of numerous fellowships and honorary degrees.

The event is sponsored by the Office of the Dean of the College, University Center for Human Values and Department of Philosophy, and the New Jersey chapter of the Phi Beta Kappa Society.

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