Kwame Appiah is a professor of philosophy and law at New York University, where he teaches in New York, Abu Dhabi, and other N.Y.U. global centers. He was educated at schools in Ghana and England, and then studied at Clare College, Cambridge University, where he took both B.A. and Ph.D. degrees in philosophy. His Cambridge dissertation brought together issues in the philosophy of language and the philosophy of mind, which led to two books: Assertion and Conditionals (1985, Cambridge University Press) and For Truth in Semantics(1986, Basil Blackwell).
Following Cambridge, Kwame taught at Yale, Cornell, Duke, and Harvard Universities. Prior to joining N.Y.U., from 2002 to 2013, he was a member of the faculty at Princeton University, where he had appointments in the Department of Philosophy and the University Center for Human Values, as well as being associated with the Center for African American Studies, the programs in African studies and translation studies, and the Departments of Comparative Literature and Politics.
In 2010, Kwame was named one of Foreign Policy magazine’s top global thinkers. He currently serves on the boards of Facing History and Ourselves, the New York Public Library, the Public Theater, the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.