As he observes, the question who we are has always been linked to the question what we are. Adopting a broadly interdisciplinary perspective, Appiah takes aim at the cliches and received ideas amid which talk of identity so often founders. Is "culture" a good? For that matter, does the concept of culture really explain anything? Is diversity of value in itself? Are moral obligations the only kind there are? Has the rhetoric of "human rights" been overstretched? In the end, Appiah's arguments make it harder to think of the world as divided between the West and the Rest; between locals and cosmopolitans; between Us and Them. The result is a new vision of liberal humanism - one that can accommodate the vagaries and variety that make us human.
Kwame Anthony Appiah, geboren in London und aufgewachsen in Ghana, kehrte nach England zurück, als sein Vater vom Regime Nkrumah verhaftet wurde. Er studierte in Cambridge und bekleidet heute nach Professuren in Yale, Cornell, Duke und Harvard einen Lehrstuhl für Philosophie in Princeton.