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  1. Cosmopolitanism: Ethics in a World of Strangers.Kwame Anthony Appiah - 2006 - W.W. Norton & Co.
    A political and philosophical manifesto considers the ramifications of a world in which Western society is divided from other cultures, evaluating the limited capacity of differentiating societies as compared to the power of a united world.
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    The Ethics of Identity.Kwame Anthony Appiah - 2005 - Princeton University Press.
    This text explores the ethical significance of identity, including our gender, race, ethnicity, nationality, religion and sexuality, for our obligations to others and to ourselves.
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  3. Multiculturalism: Expanded Paperback Edition.Kwame Anthony Appiah, Charles Taylor, Jürgen Habermas, Stephen C. Rockefeller, Michael Walzer & Susan Wolf - 1994 - Princeton University Press.
    A new edition of the highly acclaimed book Multiculturalism and "The Politics of Recognition," this paperback brings together an even wider range of leading philosophers and social scientists to probe the political controversy surrounding ...
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    Human Rights as Politics and Idolatry.Michael Ignatieff, Kwame Anthony Appiah, David A. Hollinger, Thomas W. Laqueur & Diane F. Orentlicher - 2001 - Princeton: Princeton University Press.
    "These essays make a splendid book. Ignatieff's lectures are engaging and vigorous; they also combine some rather striking ideas with savvy perceptions about actual domestic and international politics.
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    As If: Idealization and Ideals.Kwame Anthony Appiah - 2017 - Cambridge, MA, USA: Harvard University Press.
    Idealization is a fundamental feature of human thought. We build simplified models in our scientific research and utopias in our political imaginations. Concepts like belief, desire, reason, and justice are bound up with idealizations and ideals. Life is a constant adjustment between the models we make and the realities we encounter. In idealizing, we proceed “as if” our representations were true, while knowing they are not. This is not a dangerous or distracting occupation, Kwame Anthony Appiah shows. Our best chance (...)
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    The Honor Code: How Moral Revolutions Happen.Kwame Anthony Appiah - 2010 - New York, NY: W. W. Norton & Company.
    K. Anthony Appiah, the author of the internationally best-selling Cosmopolitanism, analyzes what causes societies to end cruelty and injustices - such as slavery, foot binding, or honor killing. Can a government through its laws halt egregious violations of human decency and can mere moral instruction bring an end to human suffering? No, says Appiah, demonstrating how reform succeeds only when it enlists the primal human sense of honor. When it comes to morality, honor is the lever arm that connects what (...)
  7. Color Conscious: The Political Morality of Race.David B. Wilkins, Kwame Anthony Appiah & Amy Gutmann - 1996 - Princeton University Press.
    In America today, the problem of achieving racial justice--whether through "color-blind" policies or through affirmative action--provokes more noisy name-calling than fruitful deliberation. In Color Conscious, K. Anthony Appiah and Amy Gutmann, two eminent moral and political philosophers, seek to clear the ground for a discussion of the place of race in politics and in our moral lives. Provocative and insightful, their essays tackle different aspects of the question of racial justice; together they provide a compelling response to our nation's most (...)
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  8. In My Father's House: Africa in the Philosophy of Culture.Kwame Anthony Appiah - 1992 - Oxford University Press.
    Abusua do funu. The matriclan loves a corpse. AKAN PROVERB My father died, as I say, while I was trying to finish this book. His funeral was an occasion for strengthening and reaffirming the ties that bind me to Ghana and “my father's house' ...
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  9. Race, Culture, Identity: Misunderstood Connections.Kwame Anthony Appiah - 1996 - The Tanner Lectures on Human Values 17:51-136.
  10. Racisms.Kwame Anthony Appiah - 1990 - In David Goldberg (ed.), Anatomy of Racism. University of Minnesota Press. pp. 3-17.
  11. In My Father's House.Kwame Anthony Appiah - 1996 - Hypatia 11 (1):175-201.
    Judeo-Christian and Anglo-Saxon forms of marriage have injected patrilineal values and companionate expectations into the Akan matrilineal family structure. As Anthony Appiah demonstrates, these infusions have generated severe strains in the matrikin social structures and, in extreme cases, resulted in the break up of families. In this essay, I investigate the ideological politics at play in this patrilinealization of Asante society.
     
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  12. Racisms.Kwame Anthony Appiah - 1988 - In John Perry, Michael Bratman & John Martin Fisher (eds.), Introduction to Philosophy: Classical and Contemporary Readings. Oxford University Press USA.
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  13. Race, Culture, Identity: Misunderstood Connections.Kwame Anthony Appiah - 1996 - In The Tanner Lectures on Human Values. University of Utah Press. pp. 51--136.
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  14. Xv*—how to decide if races exist.Kwame Anthony Appiah - 2006 - Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society 106 (3):363-380.
    Through most of the twentieth century, life scientists grew increasingly sceptical of the biological significance of folk classifications of people by race. New work on the human genome has raised the possibility of a resurgence of scientific interest in human races. This paper aims to show that the racial sceptics are right, while also granting that biological information associated with racial categories may be useful.
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  15. The Uncompleted Argument: Du Bois and the Illusion of Race.Kwame Anthony Appiah - 1986 - In Henry Louis Gates Jr (ed.), Race, Writing and Difference. University of Chicago Press. pp. 21--37.
     
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    Cosmopolitan Patriots.Kwame Anthony Appiah - 1997 - Critical Inquiry 23 (3):617-639.
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    The Lies That Bind. Rethinking Identity. A Précis.Kwame Anthony Appiah - forthcoming - Philosophy and Public Issues - Filosofia E Questioni Pubbliche.
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  18. Identity, Authenticity, Survival: Multicultural Societies and Social Reproduction.Kwame Anthony Appiah - 1994 - In Amy Gutmann (ed.), Multiculturalism: Examining the Politics of Recognition. Princeton University Press. pp. 149--164.
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  19. Is the Post- in Postmodernism the Post- in Postcolonial?Kwame Anthony Appiah - 1991 - Critical Inquiry 17 (2):336-357.
    Sara Suleri has written recently, in Meatless Days, of being treated as an "otherness machine"-and of being heartily sick of it.20 Perhaps the predicament of the postcolonial intellectual is simply that as intellectuals-a category instituted in black Africa by colonialism-we are, indeed, always at the risk of becoming otherness machines, with the manufacture of alterity as our principal role. Our only distinction in the world of texts to which we are latecomers is that we can mediate it to our fellows. (...)
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  20. Experimental Philosophy.Kwame Anthony Appiah - 2008 - Proceedings and Addresses of the American Philosophical Association 82 (2):7 - 22.
    Some three score years ago, the Norwegian philosopher Arne Naess found himself dissatisfied with “what are called ‘theories of truth’ in philosophical literature.” “The discussion has already lasted some 2500 years,” he wrote. “The number of participants amounts to a thousand, and the number of articles and books devoted to the discussion is much greater.” In this great ocean of words, he went on, the philosophers had often made bold statements about what “the man in the street” or “Das Volk” (...)
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    The Ethics of Identity.Kwame Anthony Appiah - 2005 - Princeton University Press.
    A bold vision of liberal humanism for navigating today’s complex world of growing identity politics and rising nationalism Collective identities such as race, nationality, religion, gender, and sexuality clamor for recognition and respect, sometimes at the expense of other things we value. To what extent do they constrain our freedom, and to what extent do they enable our individuality? Is diversity of value in itself? Has the rhetoric of human rights been overstretched? Kwame Anthony Appiah draws on thinkers through the (...)
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  22. “Group Rights” and Racial Affirmative Action.Kwame Anthony Appiah - 2011 - The Journal of Ethics 15 (3):265-280.
    This article argues against the view that affirmative action is wrong because it involves assigning group rights. First, affirmative action does not have to proceed by assigning rights at all. Second, there are, in fact, legitimate “group rights” both legal and moral; there are collective rights—which are exercised by groups—and membership rights—which are rights people have in virtue of group membership. Third, there are continuing harms that people suffer as blacks and claims to remediation for these harms can fairly treat (...)
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    Understanding racism.Kwame Anthony Appiah - forthcoming - Inquiry: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Philosophy.
    This article defends an account of racism as centrally an ideology, a system of illusory ideas. It argues that the relevant ideology has the effect of oppressing people of some racial identities, an idea it explains and explores. It defines ‘racialism’ as a kind of essentialism about racial identities and argues that it is false. Both racialism and the vice of racism, which consists of having morally impermissible attitudes to people in virtue of their racial identities, are among the consequences (...)
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    Thinking It Through: An Introduction to Contemporary Philosophy.Kwame Anthony Appiah - 2003 - New York: Oup Usa.
    This book aims to allow readers with no previous exposure to professional philosophy to gain an understanding of the approaches and the positions current in the field and to prepare them for further reading.
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  25. The Politics of Identity.Kwame Anthony Appiah - 2006 - Daedalus 135 (4):15-22.
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    Responses to Critics.Kwame Anthony Appiah - forthcoming - Philosophy and Public Issues - Filosofia E Questioni Pubbliche.
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  27. African-American Philosophy.Kwame Anthony Appiah - 1993 - Philosophical Forum 24 (1-3):11-34.
  28. Thick Translation.Kwame Anthony Appiah - 1993 - Callaloo 16 (4):808-19.
  29. The Impact of African Studies on Philosophy.V. Y. Mudimbe & Kwame Anthony Appiah - 1993 - In Robert Bates, Valentin Mudimbe, O’Barr Y. & Jean (eds.), Africa and the Disciplines: The Contributions of Research in Africa to the Social Sciences and Humanities. University of Chicago Press. pp. 113--138.
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  30. But would that still be me? Notes on Gender, 'Race,' Ethnicity as Sources of Identity.Kwame Anthony Appiah - 1990 - Journal of Philosophy 87 (10):75-81.
  31. Akan and Euro-American Concepts of the Person.Kwame Anthony Appiah - 2004 - In Lee M. Brown (ed.), African Philosophy: New and Traditional Perspectives. Oxford University. pp. 21--34.
     
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  32. Ethnophilosophy and Its Critics.Kwame Anthony Appiah - 1998 - In P. H. Coetzee & A. J. P. Roux (eds.), Philosophy from Africa: a text with readings. Routledge.
  33. Out of Africa: Topologies of Nativism.Kwame Anthony Appiah - 1988 - Yale Journal of Criticism 2 (1):153--178.
  34. Whose culture is it?Kwame Anthony Appiah - 2009 - In James Cuno (ed.), Whose Culture? Princeton, NJ, USA: Princeton University Press. pp. 71-86.
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    Is the 'Post' in 'Postcolonial' the 'Post' in 'Postmodern'?Kwame Anthony Appiah - 1991 - Critical Inquiry 17 (2):336-57.
  36. Reconstructing Racial Identities.Kwame Anthony Appiah - 1996 - Research in African Literatures 27 (3):58-72.
  37. African Identities.Kwame Anthony Appiah - 1992 - In Bernard Boxill (ed.), Constructions Identitaires: Questionnements Theoriques Et Etudes de Cas. Actes du Celat 6 (May). Universite Laval.
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    2. A Measure of Belief: Lessons from Frank Ramsey.Kwame Anthony Appiah - 2017 - In As If: Idealization and Ideals. Cambridge, MA, USA: Harvard University Press. pp. 57-111.
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    1. Useful Untruths: Lessons from Hans Vaihinger.Kwame Anthony Appiah - 2017 - In As If: Idealization and Ideals. Cambridge, MA, USA: Harvard University Press. pp. 1-56.
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  40. Race.Kwame Anthony Appiah - 1989 - In Frank Lentricchia & Tom McLaughlin (eds.), Critical Terms for Literary Study. University of Chicago. pp. 274-87.
  41. African studies and the concept of knowledge.Kwame Anthony Appiah - 2005 - Poznan Studies in the Philosophy of the Sciences and the Humanities 88 (1):23-56.
    This article summarizes my views on epistemological problems in African studies as I have expressed them previously in different contexts, mainly my book In My Father's House (1992), to which I refer the reader for further details. I start with an attempt to expose some natural errors in our thinking about the traditional-modern polarity, and thus help understand some striking and not generally appreciated similarities of the logical problem situation in modern western philosophy of science to the analysis of traditional (...)
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  42. Racism and Moral Pollution.Kwame Anthony Appiah - 1986 - Philosophical Forum 18 (2-3):185-202.
  43. African Studies and the Concept of Knowledge.Kwame Anthony Appiah - 2005 - In Bert Hamminga (ed.), Knowledge cultures: comparative Western and African epistemology. Rodopi. pp. 23--56.
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  44. The Arts of Africa.Kwame Anthony Appiah - 1998 - In Richard English & Joseph Morrison Skelly (eds.), Ideas Matter: Essays in Honour of Connor Cruise o’Brien. Poolberg. pp. 251-264.
  45. African Identities.Kwame Anthony Appiah - 1992 - Constructions Identitaires: Questionnements Theoriques Et Etudes de Cas. Actes du Celat 6.
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  46. Out of Africa: Topologies of Nativism.”.Kwame Anthony Appiah - 1988 - In Dominic LaCapra (ed.), The Bounds of Race. Cornell University Press. pp. 134--163.
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  47. The Conservation of 'Race'.Kwame Anthony Appiah - 1989 - Black American Literature Forum 23 (Spring):37-60.
  48. The Impact of African Studies on Philosophy.Kwame Anthony Appiah & V. Y. Mudimbe - 2003 - In Robert Bates, V. Y. Mudimbe & Jean O’Barr (eds.), The Impact of African Studies on the Disciplines. University of Chicago. pp. 113-38.
  49. Deconstruction and the Philosophy of Language.Kwame Anthony Appiah - 1986 - Diacritics 16 (1):48--64.
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    Old Gods, New Worlds: Some Recent Work in the Philosophy of African Traditional Religion.Kwame Anthony Appiah - 1987 - In Guttorm Fløistad (ed.), Contemporary Philosophy: A New Survey - Vol. 5: African Philosophy. The Hague: Martinus Nijhoff. pp. 207-234.
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