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2017 ICSI Public Lecture: K. Anthony Appiah

Tuesday, June 13, 2017 at 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm

John L. Tishman Auditorium, University Center 63 Fifth Avenue, Room U100, New York, NY 10003

The Institute for Critical Social Inquiry will open part of its programming to the public – a series of lectures taught by this Summer's faculty cohort of K. Anthony Appiah (Professor of Philosophy and Law, NYU), David Harvey (Professor of Anthropology and Geography, CUNY), and Michael Taussig (Professor of Anthropology, Columbia).

K. Anthony Appiah's lecture is entitled "Honor, Citizenship, and the Law".

The general theme is what Appiah calls “civic honor.” The lecture will explore the role of honor, and its negative counterpart, shame, in the civic life of democracies. The account begins with an insight from the anthropologist Frank Henderson Stewart: Honor is fundamentally about rights to respect. To honor a person is to treat her as entitled to respect. If you recognize yourself as honorable, you will have self-respect, paying yourself the respect that is your due. The character of the respect due, how one displays that respect, and what gains and loses you these rights to respect: all these are culturally variable. But the structure of honor—rights to respect assigned by social norms or conventions, an honor code—is a human universal. That is why we can talk about honor pretty much everywhere. And why it is available, perhaps surprisingly, to shape our democratic life.

About the Institute:
The Institute for Critical Social Inquiry (ICSI) is designed to provide advanced graduate students and junior faculty from around the world with the opportunity to spend one week at the New School’s campus in Greenwich Village working closely with some of the most distinguished thinkers shaping the course of contemporary social inquiry. Each of these scholars will teach a week-long seminar on a foundational thinker or topic of contemporary concern in a series of hands-on, intensive, and intimate sessions.

Sponsored by The New School for Social Research.

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General Public


Intellectual Culture and Big Ideas


The New School for Social Research


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