Seyla Benhabib portrait

Seyla Benhabib is the Eugene Meyer Professor of Political Science and Philosophy at Yale University and was Director of the Program in Ethics, Politics and Economics (2002-2008). She is a leading philosopher on cosmopolitan citizenship and the ethics of migration and refugee policy. 

" Cosmopolitan federalism is a project which attempts to rein in the forces of globalization while resisting the spread of empire and strengthening the democratic citizen."



Benhabib: "When you come to the land of 'Another' and your intentions are peaceful, you have a moral and legal claim to be able to stay there. But whether you are permitted to stay when the danger is past, whether you can actually be a member of that society, is a sovereign claim. July 15, 2010

In this lecture, Professor Benhabib discusses one of the most divisive controversies of our times: What are cosmopolitan rights? Are they, as some argue, "the Trojan horse" of an imperial neo-liberal order extending throughout the globe? Or are they the principles of any future cosmopolitical order based on the principles of equality, autonomy, and self-government?

Yale political theorist Seyla Benhabib is UC Berkeley's Harry Kreisler's guest in a discussion of how political theory can further our understanding of globalization and its impact on the struggle for human rights. Series: "Conversations with History" [12/2004] [Public Affairs] [Humanities] [Show ID: 8996]

Citizenship, A Lecture by Seyla Benhabib. CCCB, Barcelona, 16.03.2015 You can find more information on this lecture here:

Seyla Benhabib (Yale University) From the Right to Have Rights to the Critique of Humanitarian Reason. June 18, 2015

Second Annual Barbara L. and Norman C. Tanner Center for Nonviolent Human Rights Advocacy Forum February 28-29, 2008 Migration, Rights & Identities: Examining the Range of Rural and Local Goals Agenda 2008 Seyla Benhabib, Philosophy, Yale