(b.in Istanbul, Turkey) graduated from the American College for Girls. She received a BA in Philosophy at Brandeis University, and obtained her MA and PhD in Philosophy at Yale.She is currently Eugene Meyer Professor of Political Science and Philosophy at Yale University. She has taught at Boston University, Harvard University, the New School for Social Research, and the University of Amsterdam (among others). Her main area of research is nineteenth- and twentieth-century European social and political thought, particularly German idealism and the work of Hegel, Marx, Weber, and Arendt. Benhabib's publications include: The Rights of Others. Aliens, Residents and Citizens, Cambridge University Press 2004; Claims of Culture. Equality and Diversity in the Global Era, Princeton University Press 2002; Critique, Norm, and Utopia. A Study of the Foundations of Critical Theory, Columbia University Press 1994; The Communicative Ethics Controversy, ed. Seyla Benhabib and Fred R. Dallmayr, MIT Press 1990.
Religion, revolution and the public sphere
What has emerged in the Arab world is a thoroughly modern mass democratic movement, writes Seyla Benhabib. Speculations that Islamic fundamentalists will hijack the transformation process forget the contentiousness at the historical core of western democracies. [more]
From Kant to Habermas
Justice within and justice beyond borders is increasingly interconnected, writes Seyla Benhabib. In the cosmopolitanism of Jürgen Habermas, who turns eighty on 18 June, "the will to include the Other, regardless of national origin, has been present from the start". [more]
On the differing roles of religion in the public sphere in the US and Europe: "Have you ever heard the German chancellor say 'God bless Germany'?" Reset editor-in-chief Giancarlo Bosetti talks to Seyla Benhabib. [more]