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Ghanaian/British philosopher to discuss cosmopolitanism

TAMPA, Fla. -- Postmodern theorist Kwame Anthony Appiah, Ph.D. will deliver the next lecture in the Frontier Forum series at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 18 at the Patel Center (CGS) Auditorium.

In his talk—named after his book—“Cosmopolitanism: Ethics in a World of Strangers,” Appiah will discuss a “new approach to living a moral life in the modern age.” He will answer burning questions tied to the ever-changing concepts of identity, ethnicity, honor and religion.

Appiah has traveled widely to share his thoughts on topics of multiculturalism, identity and global citizenship, giving lectures in: Norway, Australia and Brazil.

Appiah is often called a postmodern Socrates, and for good reason: He asks probing questions about identity, ethnicity, honor and the world’s religions during a time when these difficult notions continue to shift. Appiah will discuss how 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.

The event is free and open to the public. A USF Bookstore representative will be selling copies of Appiah’s book on-site. Following the lecture, Appiah will autograph copies of his books.


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Author: Gennelle Chatman