UofL Arts & Sciences


Monday March 17, 2014 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM EDT
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Bigelow Hall / Schneider Art Galleries 
2301 S. Third St.
University of Louisville
Louisville, KY 40292

Driving Directions 

Parking and Venue

You may park in the lots on either side of Grawemeyer Hall (C4 - #1) or in the J.B. Speed School of Engineering (C5 - #30) lot. 

The lecture will take place in Bigelow Hall, Miller Information Technology Center (D5 - #21) on the map.

 Please refer to the map of Belknap Campus to locate parking lots and lecture venue. 


Tracy Heightchew 
UofL College of Arts and Sciences 

2014 Phi Beta Kappa Lecture -
"Cosmopolitanism: Ethics in a World of Strangers"

The University of Louisville
College of Arts and Sciences &
The Phi Beta Kappa Association of Kentuckiana present the  

2014 Phi Beta Kappa Lecture
Ethics in a World of Strangers"  

world-renowned philosopher
Kwame Anthony Appiah 

Lecture in Bigelow Hall, Miller Information Technology Center
Reception hosted by the Office of the President
in Schneider Art Gallery

How is it possible to consider the world a moral community when there is so much disagreement about the nature of morality? In this talk, based on his award-winning book Cosmopolitanism, Anthony Appiah presents answers that are grounded in a new ethics which celebrates our common humanity, while at the same time offering a practical way to manage our differences. He offers a new approach to living a moral life in the modern age, where the competing claims of "a clash of civilizations" on one hand, and a groundless moral relativism on the other, can make such a project seem impossible. With wit, reason, and humanity, Appiah explores some of the central ethical questions of our time.

Named one of Foreign Policy’s Top 100 public intellectuals, Kwame Anthony Appiah teaches at New York University. He has previously taught at Princeton, Harvard, Yale, Cornell, Duke, and the University of Ghana. He is also the President of the PEN American Center, the world’s oldest human rights organization. In 2012, he was awarded the National Humanities Medal by The White House.

Anthony Appiah’s book Cosmopolitanism is a manifesto for a world where identity has become a weapon and where difference has become a cause of pain and suffering. Cosmopolitanism won the Arthur Ross Book Award, the most significant prize given to a book on international affairs. In his latest book, The Honor Code: How Moral Revolutions Happen, Appiah lays out how honor propelled moral revolutions in the past—and could do so in the future. 

Kwame Anthony Appiah was born in London to a Ghanaian father and a white mother. He was raised in Ghana, and educated in England, at Cambridge University, where he received a Ph.D. in philosophy. As a scholar of African and African-American studies, he established himself as an intellectual with a broad reach. His book In My Father's House and his collaborations with Henry Louis Gates, Jr.—including The Dictionary of Global Culture and Africana—are major works of African struggles for self-determination. In 2009, he was featured in Astra Taylor’s documentary Examined Life, alongside Martha Nussbaum, Slavoj Zizek, and other leading contemporary philosophers.