Being: The Civil Conversations with Krista Tippett

"Sidling Up to Difference"

On Being's Civil Conversations Project series continues this week with Princeton philosopher Anthony Appiah. The 1953 marriage of his African father and British mother helped inspire the movie Guess Who's Coming to Dinner. Stories of his multi-racial, multi-national family infuse his thinking now on subjects like human identity, ethics in a world of strangers, and how moral revolutions happen. Krista Tippett explores Anthony Appiah's thinking on moral confusions and stalemates in the contemporary U.S. Now an American citizen, he believes that we are called to nothing less than "managing the republic" together. And his prescriptions for this are down-to-earth. Our starting point with others, he says, doesn't have to be dialogue. It can be conversation in the old-fashioned sense of simple association, seeking familiarity around mundane human qualities of who we are.

About the Civil Conversations Project - ideas and tools for healing our fractured civic spaces.

The Civil Conversations Project is a series of radio shows and an online resource for beginning new conversations in families and communities. How do we speak the questions we don't know how to ask each other? Can we find ways to bridge gulfs between us about politics, morality, and life itself? Can we do that even while we continue to disagree, passionately? How is technology playing into all this, and how can we shape it?

On Being's Civil Conversations Project features six voices of wisdom, poetry and practicality: poet Elizabeth Alexander, philosopher Anthony Appiah, abortion rights activist Frances Kissling, Evangelical educator Richard Mouw, civil rights veteran Vincent Harding, and MIT psychologist and technologist Sherry Turkle. In conversation with Krista Tippett, they model new kinds of conversation and relationship with difference. They offer ideas and tools for healing our fractured civic spaces.


Philosopher Anthony Appiah

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