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Seyla Benhabib

Seyla Benhabib (Istanbul, 1950) is Eugene Mayer Professor of Political Science and Philosophy at Yale University. She has also taught at the New School for Social Research in New York and at Harvard University. She was President of the Eastern Division of the American Philosophical Association and is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, as well as having been a research affiliate in numerous institutions of both the United States and Europe. With Honorary Degrees from the Utrecht and Valencia universities and the Boğaziçi University in Istanbul, she has also been awarded the prestigious Ernst Bloch Prize and the Leopold Lucas Prize of the University of Tubingen. Her work is mainly concerned with nineteenth- and twentieth-century social and political thought, feminist theory and the history of modern political theory, and she is one of today’s most authoritative thinkers in philosophical debates on difference, feminism, and multiculturalism. Seyla Benhabib is the author of several major works including The Claims of Culture (published in Spanish as Las reivindicaciones de la cultura. Igualdad y diversidad en la era global – Katz, 2006), Migrations and Mobilities: Gender, Borders and Citizenship (co-edited with Judith Resnik, NYU Press, 2009), Politics in Dark Times: Encounters with Hannah Arendt (Cambridge University Press, 2010) and Dignity in Adversity: Human Rights in Troubled Times (Polity, 2011).

Update: 7 January 2015



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Lecture by Seyla Benhabib