KWAME ANTHONY APPIAH is Professor of Afro-American Studies and Philosophy at Harvard University. He was raised in Ghana and educated at Cambridge University, where he received both his B.A. and his Ph.D. in philosophy. His many books include Assertion and Conditionals, For Truth in Semantics, Necessary Questions, and In My Father's House. He is also the author of two mystery novels, Avenging Angel and Nobody Likes Letitia. Professor Appiah's scholarly interests range over African and African-American intellectual history and literary studies, ethics, and philosophy of mind and language; he has also taught regularly on philosophical problems in the study of African traditional religions. He has been Chairman of the Joint Committee on African Studies of the Social Science Research Council and the American Council of Learned Societies and President of the Society for African Philosophy in North America. He is an editor of Transition magazine, and has taught at Cambridge, Yale, Cornell, Duke, and at the University of Ghana.
AMY GUTMANN is Laurance S. Rockefeller University Professor of Politics at Princeton University and the Director of the University Center for Human Values and the Program in Ethics and Public Affairs. Among her publications are Democratic Education, Liberal Equality, Democracy and the Welfare State, and Ethics and Politics. Her teaching and research interests include moral and political philosophy, practical ethics, and education. She serves on the executive board of the Association for Practical and Professional Ethics and is the Tanner Lecturer at Stanford for 1994–95. She has been a Rockefeller Fellow, Visitor at the Institute for Advanced Study, and Visiting Professor at Harvard University. She graduated from Harvard-Radcliffe College and received her M.Sc. from the London School of Economics and her Ph.D. from Harvard.
JÜRGEN HABERMAS is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Frankfurt. He is the recipient of numerous honors, including the Hegel Prize, the Sigmund Freud Prize, the Adorno Prize, and the Geschwister-Scholl Prize. His books available in English include The Structural Transformation of the Public Sphere, Theory and Practice, Knowledge and Human Interests, Toward a Rational Society, The Theory