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Kwame Anthony Appiah's Keynote Lecture: "Social Identities and the Good Life"

Kwame Anthony Appiah is a Professor of Philosophy and Law at New York University and a renowned author of seminal works on cosmopolitanism, identity, and global ethics, including In My Father's House, The Honor Code, and the prize-winning Cosmopolitanism

This event will feature a discussion of Dr. Appiah's lessons from writing The Ethicist column in The New York Times along with central ideas from his recent book, The Lies that Bind: Rethinking Identity. Appiah will challenge common assumptions about identity and argue that many of the social and political issues that we face in society today arise from misunderstandings about how we frame issues concerning race, class, gender, and religion. Appiah examines how identities are created through conflict and contends that the practice of classifying ourselves in terms of social identities falsifies our sense of who we are. If we are to make societal progress and to live good lives, we must begin by first getting clearer about how we frame the issues that seem to depend on social identities. 

This event provides an opportunity to listen as Appiah - in the words of Zadie Smith (author of Swing Time and Changing My Mind) - "elegantly dismantles the humbug, dogmas, pseudoscience, and propaganda that have long dogged our attempts to discuss identity, and offers in their place a practical and philosophical toolkit, as subtly radical in its aims as it is humane in its application...  An inspiring and essential read." 


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This talk is presented by The Ethics Project, UT Austin. It will be the keynote lecture for The Ethics Project's Conference, "Designing an Ethics Center for UT Austin." This lecture and conference are generously supported by a grant from "Once Upon a Time..."

**The Ethics Project at The University of Texas at Austin is a university-wide initiative bringing together teaching, research, and service to respond to ethical dilemmas in business, clinical professions, education, and government. The project has generated interest and support from faculty and students from every college at the university as well as the Austin business community. The Ethics Project aims to build a foundation for the creation of a permanent ethics center for research, education, and outreach in practical ethics at The University of Texas at Austin.**

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Thursday, November 1, 2018 at 5:00pm to 6:30pm

Lady Bird Johnson Auditorium 2300 Red River St, Austin, TX 78712

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