The Lies That Bind by Kwame Anthony Appiah audiobook

The Lies That Bind: Rethinking Identity

By Kwame Anthony Appiah
Read by Kwame Anthony Appiah

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We all know how identities—notably, those of nationality, class, culture, race, and religion—are at the root of global conflict, but the more elusive truth is that these identities are created by conflict in the first place. In provocative, entertaining chapters, Kwame Anthony Appiah interweaves keen-edged argument with engrossing historical tales—from Anton Wilhelm Amo, the eighteenth-century African child who became an eminent European academic, to Italo Svevo, the literary genius who changed countries without leaving home—and reveals the tangled contradictions within the stories that define us. The concept of the sovereign nation, Appiah shows us, is incoherent. Our everyday notions of race are the detritus of discarded science; the very idea of Western culture is a shimmering mirage. These beliefs, and more, are crafted from confusions—confusions Appiah sorts through to imagine a more hopeful future.

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Summary

Summary

An Oprah’s Book Club Selection

We all know how identities—notably, those of nationality, class, culture, race, and religion—are at the root of global conflict, but the more elusive truth is that these identities are created by conflict in the first place. In provocative, entertaining chapters, Kwame Anthony Appiah interweaves keen-edged argument with engrossing historical tales—from Anton Wilhelm Amo, the eighteenth-century African child who became an eminent European academic, to Italo Svevo, the literary genius who changed countries without leaving home—and reveals the tangled contradictions within the stories that define us. The concept of the sovereign nation, Appiah shows us, is incoherent. Our everyday notions of race are the detritus of discarded science; the very idea of Western culture is a shimmering mirage. These beliefs, and more, are crafted from confusions—confusions Appiah sorts through to imagine a more hopeful future.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“In this clear-eyed, erudite study, the NYU professor and New York Times columnist—half Ghanaian, half British—probes chimeras of religion, ethnicity, and class, coalescing a lifetime of contemplating ‘identity’ into a manifesto on connection and solidarity.” O, The Oprah Magazine
“Appiah believes we’re in wars of identity because we keep making the same mistake: exaggerating our differences with others and our similarities with our own kind…We need more thinkers as wise as Appiah.” New York Times Book Review (cover review)
“Excellent…Appiah hopes to inspire a rethinking of our restrictive and therefore divisive notions of who we are.” Washington Post

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Author

Author Bio: Kwame Anthony Appiah

Author Bio: Kwame Anthony Appiah

Kwame Anthony Appiah pens the Ethicist column for the New York Times, and is the author of the prize-winning Cosmopolitanism, among many other works. A professor of philosophy and law at New York University, Appiah lives in New York.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/Philosophy
Runtime: 7.30
Audience: Adult
Language: English