Seyla Benhabib

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Seyla Benhabib is the Eugene Meyer Professor of Political Science and Philosophy at Yale University and was Director of its Program in Ethics, Politics and Economics (2002-2008). She is the recipient of the Ernst Bloch prize in 2009 and the Leopold Lucas prize in 2012 for her contributions to cultural understanding in a global world and holds honorary degrees from the Universities of Utrecht (2004), Valencia (2010) and Bogazici (2012). Professor Benhabib was President of the American Philosophical Association in 2006-2007 and was a Fellow at the Wissenschaftskolleg in Berlin in 2009. Her work has been translated into more than 12 different languages. Her books include: Critique, Norm and Utopia. A Study of the Normative Foundations of Critical Theory (1986); Situating the Self. Gender, Community and Postmodernism in Contemporary Ethics (1992); together with Drucilla Cornell, Feminism as Critique (1986); and with Judith Butler, Drucilla Cornell and Nancy Fraser, Feminist Contentions: A Philosophical Exchange (1994). She is the author of The Reluctant Modernism of Hannah Arendt (1996; reissued in 2002); The Claims of Culture. Equality and Diversity in the Global Era; (2002) The Rights of Others. Aliens, Citizens and Residents (2004); Another Cosmopolitanism. Hospitality, Sovereignty and Democratic Iterations, with responses by Jeremy Waldron, Bonnie Honig and Will Kymlicka (Oxford University Press: New York, 2006). She has coedited Migrations and Mobilities. Gender, Borders and Citizenship with Judith Resnik (New York University Press, New York, 2009), and Politics in Hard Times: Encounters with Hannah Arendt (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010). Her most recent book is Dignity in Adversity. Human Rights in Troubled Times (Polity Press, 2011). She is the recipient of a Guggenheim award for 2012-2013 and is a Fellow at NYU’s Straus Center for the Advanced Study of Law and Justice in Spring 2012.

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