Lies we can’t live without

Set to deliver George W. Gay Lecture at HMS, philosopher Kwame Anthony Appiah will urge listeners to rethink their sense of identity
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A professor of philosophy and law at New York University and the “Ethicist” columnist for The New York Times Magazine, Kwame Anthony Appiah will touch on themes from his new book, “The Lies That Bind: Rethinking Identity,” when he visits Harvard Medical School Thursday to deliver this year’s George W. Gay Lecture.

The Harvard Gazette spoke to Appiah about how misconceptions have skewed our understandings of ourselves, and how a more constructive approach to identity could help foster greater harmony.

Read the full Q&A with the Gazette.

Read Professor Appiah's recent piece, "Red Baron", in The New York Review of Books. Harvard ID holders can access the article via the University library system.