The Honor Code: How Moral Revolutions Happen

Kwame Anthony Appiah

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Kwame Anthony Appiah, philosophy professor at Princeton University, argues that "moral revolutions," from the demise of duels to solve personal arguments in Britain to the end of foot binding in China, succeed when a population's traditions come into dispute with the idea of honor.  The author contends that social movements are dependent upon shifting focus to a code of honor that puts into question why certain acts were considered "honorable" in the first place and how an examination of history and passage of time can bring a successful end to certain long held acts and traditions.  Kwame Anthony Appiah discusses his book at the Harvard Book Store in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

About the Authors

Kwame Anthony Appiah

Kwame Anthony Appiah is a philosophy professor at Princeton University.  He is the author of several books, including Cosmopolitanism: Ethics in a Worlds of Strangers.  Mr. Appiah is the president of the PEN American Center and a member of the advisory board of the United Nations Democracy Fund.  For more information, visit appiah.net.

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  • Saturday, February 19th at 12:15pm (ET)
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