|Philosopher Kwame Anthony Appiah/ Photo-Greg Martin|
I count Kwame Anthony Appiah, Ghanaian-British philosopher, Princeton University Professor and president of the Pen American Center, as one of a very few contemporary academics who has successfully engaged non-academics to entertain many of his ideas concerning moral and political thought. He is very much the public philosopher is same way I count Cornel West, Noam Chomsky and Henry Louis Gates.
I found his discussion about being gay and Ghanaian fascinating and insightful. Here is the link to that discussion.