The Mary Flexner Lectureship: 2005 Lecturer Anthony Appiah
Appiah, Princeton University 's Laurance S. Rockefeller University Professor of Philosophy and director of Princeton's University Center for Human Values, is the son of an English mother and a Ghanaian father. Born in London, he was raised primarily in Ghana and educated at Cambridge University and has since the early 1980s lived in the United States. He served on the faculties of Yale, Cornell, Duke and Harvard Universities before taking a post at Princeton.
Trained as a philosopher of language and logic, Appiah has substantial publications in the relatively arcane field of probabilistic semantics, but he is better known for his work on questions of race, multiculturalism and identity. His most famous book, In My Father's House, became an instant classic upon its publication in 1992 and is one of the most-assigned books on African-studies reading lists; its trenchant critique of the concept of race has been so widely cited that it has become virtually canonical in the humanities.