Sunday, September 27, 2009

Seyla Benhabib awarded the Ernst Bloch Prize

Seyla Benhabib, Professor of Political Science and Philosophy at Yale University, was awarded the Ernst Bloch Prize in Ludwigshafen, Germany, on September 25.

The prize, one of Germany's most distinguished philosophical honors, is given every three years with a 15,000-Euro honorarium in the name of the German-Jewish social philosopher Ernst Bloch (1885-1977) by Ludwigshafen, the city of his birth. Previous recipients include Leszek Kolakowski and Pierre Bourdieu.

The Bloch Prize selection committee praised Benhabib's work "for taking its inspiration from the contradictions of a globalized world. She analyzes the relationship between citizens' rights and human rights and opens our eyes to the need for an ethics of discourse. She proposes a culture of civil and civic creativity, reminding one of the Blochian utopia of the multiversum."

From Yale Bulletin.

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