The Honorable Kwame Anthony Appiah

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"As a member of the Rhodes College community, I pledge my full and steadfast support to the Honor System and agree neither to lie, cheat, nor steal, and to report any such violation that I may witness."

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That individual pledge by incoming students at Rhodes College is a school tradition. But on September 21st, at 7:30 p.m. in Hardie Auditorium inside Rhodes' Palmer Hall, the concept of honor takes on historical, global significance — a significance that applies to whole societies and across time and cultures to include the practice of dueling in England, foot-binding in China, the slave trade, and what's known, even today, as honor killing. Those are the topics addressed in Princeton philosopher Kwame Anthony Appiah's thought-provoking The Honor Code: How Moral Revolutions Happen (in paperback this month from Norton), and it's Appiah who is speaking tonight at Rhodes. The event is free and open to the public.

For an excellent introduction to Appiah's thoughts on what he calls the "honor world," listen to University of Memphis cultural historian Jonathan Judaken, who interviewed Appiah for NPR's WKNO affiliate. For questions on Appiah's lecture, write to Rhodes professor Scott Newstok at newstoks.edu.

(Corrections: Jonathan Judaken has moved from the University of Memphis to Rhodes, where he's been appointed the first Spence L. Wilson Chair of Humanities. And to reach Scott Newstok "@rhodes": That's, of course, newstoks@rhodes.edu.)

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