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Kwame Anthony Appiah

Datum narození: 8. květen 1954

Kwame Anthony Appiah je britský filozof.


„Nemá smysl se ptát, nakolik Achebeho román Svět se rozpadá ovlivnil africkou literaturu. To by bylo jako ptát se, nakolik Shakespeare ovlivnil Brity nebo Puškin Rusy.“

„Cultures are made of continuities and changes, and the identity of a society can survive through these changes. Societies without change aren't authentic; they're just dead“


„A value is like a fax machine: it’s not much use if you’re the only one who has one.“ The Ethics of Identity

„In short—to overstate the point only slightly—because people don’t really know why they do what they do, they give explanations of their own behavior that are about as reliable as anyone else’s, and in many circumstances actually less so.“

„It's important to understand that while honor is an entitlement to respect--and shame comes when you lose that title--a person of honor cares first of all not about being respected but about being worthy of respect.“ The Honor Code: How Moral Revolutions Happen

„The most reliable predictor of whether students liked a course, it turned out, was their answer to the question ‘‘Did the professor respect you?“

„In life, the challenge is not so much to figure out how best to play the game; the challenge is to figure out what game you're playing“

„I am urging that we should learn about people in other places, take an interest in their civilizations, their arguments, their errors, their achievements, not because that will bring us to agreement, but because it will help us get used to one another.“ Cosmopolitanism: Ethics in a World of Strangers


„What were they thinking?' we ask about our ancestors, but we know that, a century hence, our descendents will ask the same thing about us. Who knows what will strike them as strangest? The United States incarcerates 1 percent of its population and subjects many thousands of inmates to years of solitary confinement. In Saudi Arabia, women are forbidden to drive. There are countries today in which homosexuality is punishable by life in prison or by death. Then there's the sequestered reality of factory farming, in which hundreds of millions of mammals, and billions of birds, live a squalid brief existence. Or the toleration of extreme poverty, inside and outside the developed world. One day, people will find themselves thinking not just that an old practice was wrong and a new one right but that there was something shameful in the old ways. In the course of the transition, many will change what they do because they are shamed out of an old way of doing things. So it is perhaps not too much to hope that if we can find the proper place for honor now, we can make the world better.“

„To create a life is to create a life out of the materials that history has given you.“ The Ethics of Identity

„(And, like many philosophers, I am of the school that what goes without saying often goes even better with saying.)“ The Ethics of Identity

„Morality, on the other hand, as Immanuel Kant insisted, is ultimately practical: though it matters morally what we think and feel, morality is, at its heart, about what we do.“ The Honor Code: How Moral Revolutions Happen


„Once you start offering reasons for ignoring the interests of others, however, reasoning itself will usually draw you into a kind of universality. A reason is an offer of a ground for thinking or feeling or doing something. And it isn’t a ground for me, unless it’s a ground for you. If someone really thinks that some group of people genuinely doesn’t matter at all, he will suppose they are outside the circle of those to whom justifications are due.“ Cosmopolitanism: Ethics in a World of Strangers

„This is, of course, an easy Berlinian riposte. Start with some graceful hand waving about incommensurability; declare that nothing could reconcile these great goods; and (with a tip of trilby) commend liberal pluralism for living with the contradictions.“ The Ethics of Identity

„Being deluged with trolley problems is one of the professional hazards of modern moral philosophy.“ Experiments in Ethics

„I am not alone is doubting the imperative to respect cultures, as opposed to persons; and I believe we can respect persons only inasmuch as we consider them as abstract rights-holders.“ The Ethics of Identity

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