Current Lectureship

Kwame Anthony Appiah | The Anatomy of Religion

Kwame Anthony Appiah is a Ghanaian-American philosopher, cultural theorist, and novelist whose interests include political and moral theory, the philosophy of language and mind, and African intellectual history. He received his B.A. and Ph.D. at Clare College at Cambridge University. Since Cambridge, he has taught at Yale, Cornell, Duke, and Harvard. He has also lectured at many other institutions in the United States, Germany, Ghana, and South Africa, as well as the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales in Paris. Professor Appiah currently holds an appointment at the New York University Department of Philosophy and New York University School of Law. He teaches both in New York and in Abu Dhabi and at other NYU global centers.

Professor Appiah has also published widely in African and African-American literary and cultural studies. In 1992, Oxford University Press published In My Father’s House, which explores the role of African and African-American intellectuals in shaping contemporary African cultural life. This book won the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award as well as the Herskovits Award of the African Studies Association for “the most important scholarly work in African studies published in English.” Professor Appiah’s current interests range over African and African-American intellectual history and literary studies, ethics, political philosophy, and the philosophy of the social sciences; he has also taught regularly about African traditional religions. He has a continuing interest in literary criticism and theory, as well, but his major current work has to do with the connection between theory and practice in moral life. He is also working on a larger project exploring some of the many ways in which we now think about religion.

Lecture Schedule


The Anatomy of Religion

April 18, 2017, 4:30 p.m.

Gods & Spirits

Linsly-Chittenden Hall, Room 102, 63 High Street

April 19, 2017, 4:30 p.m.

Churches & Symbols 

Linsly-Chittenden Hall, Room 102, 63 High Street

April 25, 2017, 4:30 p.m.

Religion After Darwin

Whitney Humanities Center, 53 Wall Street