"What does honor mean within our society? What honor practices do you and your peers participate in? To what extent are those practices healthy ones?" These are the questions President Christopher Eisgruber '83 posed to members of the incoming undergraduate Class of 2017 as he recently announced the launch of the new "Princeton Pre-Read" program. The Pre-Read will revolve around a book to be read by all members of your class and many others in the Princeton Community," Eisgruber announced to the freshmen.
Members of the Class of '17 received a copy of Professor Kwame Anthony Appiah's The Honor Code, which Eisgruber chose as the inaugural "Princeton Pre-Read" selection. Eisgruber says that in the work Appiah, the Laurance S. Rockefeller University Professor of Philosophy and the University Center for Human Values, "describes how older conceptions of honorable behavior - like the idea that people should fight duels to avenge insults - suddenly die out, and he raises important questions about the meaning of honor in our own time."
Alumni were invited to read along and grapple with these questions, interacting with students and fellow alumni in regional gatherings, through online "E-Precepts" and at an on-campus forum on honor.
Watch Katy Chevigny's three-minute film, The Honor Code, GE Focus Forward Films, to get a taste of the book!