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Kwame Anthony Appiah: Our thinking is grounded in false assumptions—but that’s no bad thing

Idealisation can serve a purpose—even in fields like physics

By Sameer Rahim  

Kwame Anthony Appiah. Photo: David Shankbone

Kwame Anthony Appiah is one of the world’s leading philosophers and the author of numerous books on ethics, cosmopolitanism and identity, among other subjects. He is currently Professor of Philosophy and Law at New York University and in 2016 delivered the Reith Lectures. In his new book, As If, he discusses the role of idealisation in science, ethics and political philosophy. He spoke to Prospect’s Sameer Rahim.

Sameer Rahim: Philosophy is often thought of as the pursuit of truth. But in your new book, As If, you argue that…

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