Kwame Anthony Appiah: Is religion good or bad? (This is a trick question)
Kwame Anthony Appiah - Philosopher
Kwame Anthony Appiah is a philosopher, cultural theorist and novelist. His latest book is "The Honor Code," exploring moral revolutions. Full bio
is referred to as America's rabbi,
that negative characterization,
of anthropology at Oxford,
is what he called animism,
how can you not believe in God?"
so great about being Jewish.
God in order to be religious,
I don't believe in the gods."
of the world's leading atheists.
how we think about religion,
didn't have Christianity,
the following question:
most understandings of Christianity,
specific history of Christianity,
internal history of Christianity,
increasingly could talk about it.
about how old the Earth is.
labor occurs as I say, I think,
person who actually did this.
had a drink, more or less,
he opened a bottle of whiskey,
pour off just a little on the ground,
huge public ceremonials.
this village came up to her,
were isolated from our world,
next time somebody wants
About the speaker:Kwame Anthony Appiah - Philosopher
Kwame Anthony Appiah is a philosopher, cultural theorist and novelist. His latest book is "The Honor Code," exploring moral revolutions.
Why you should listen
Kwame Anthony Appiah works on political and moral theory, the philosophy of language and mind, and African intellectual history. In his 2010 book The Honor Code, he explores a hidden engine of reform: appeals to honor. Examining moral revolutions in the past—and campaigns against abhorrent practices today—he shows that appeals to reason, morality, or religion aren’t enough to ring in reform.
He's the author of Lines of Descent, a thoughtful look at the career of sociologist W.E.B. DuBois, and Cosmopolitanism: Ethics in a World of Strangers, which studied "the powerful ties that connect people across religions, culture and nations … and of the deep conflicts within them." In 2008, Appiah published Experiments in Ethics, in which he reviews the relevance of empirical research to ethical theory. Appiah has also published several novels, including Avenging Angel, Nobody Likes Letitia and Another Death in Venice.
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