If conversation is the paradigm of the intimate, face-to-face verbal encounter, what sense can it make to speak of conversation as a model for the relationships between societies? In his keynote lecture, Kwame Anthony Appiah argues that once we understand some of the ways in which societies influence one another, especially through discussions of national honor, we can see that much of what is required for successful inter-personal conversation has analogies in the discourse between societies.
Kwame Anthony Appiah is a philosopher, cultural theorist, and novelist whose interests include political and moral theory, the philosophy of language and mind, and African intellectual history. He has written about, amongst other things, the moral codes that define societal behavior and has shared much of his knowledge through writing and by teaching at different universities. Appiah is Laurance S. Rockefeller University Professor of Philosophy and the University Center for Human Values at Princeton University
This Keynote Lecture is supported by the Universität Kassel.