New York University Professor Kwame Anthony Appiah will deliver “The Ethics of Work,” the Spring 2021 Virtual Bentson Dean’s Lecture, on Wed., March 3, 5:30 p.m. EST.
Appiah, who pens the “The Ethicist” column for the New York Times Magazine, will discuss the changing ways work fits into the main ethical project: making a life. Globalization and automation are seen as posing challenges for many kinds of workers, he observes. What, if anything, can philosophy say about the appropriate social response?
Appiah, a professor in the Department of Philosophy and School of Law at NYU, has authored Cosmopolitanism: Ethics in a World of Strangers, Lines of Descent: W. E. B. Du Bois and the Emergence of Identity, As If: Idealization and Ideals, and The Lies that Bind: Rethinking Identity, along with three novels.
A recipient of the National Humanities Medal in 2012, Appiah has focused on the philosophy of mind and language, ethics, political philosophy, and the philosophy of art, of culture, and of the social sciences, especially anthropology, as well as in literary studies—specifically on African and African-American literature.
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