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Episode 65
"Can there be a world without borders"
Seyla Benhabib

Originally broadcast: April 13, 2014


Our world is getting smaller and people are migrating from place to place. It feels like the old ideas of ethnicity and national origin just don’t hold the same power that they used to. Instead, the real question may turn out to be, how can we all be world citizens? On this episode we investigate cosmopolitanism and ask what it means to live without national boundaries and travel restrictions.

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 was the President of the Eastern Division of the American Philosophical Association and Fellow at the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin. She is the recipient of the Ernst Bloch prize in 2009.

Sheyla is the author of numerous books including, The Claims of Culture. Equality and Diversity in the Global Era, (2002) and The Rights of Others. Aliens, Citizens and Residents (2004), which won the Ralph Bunche award of the American Political Science Association (2205) and the North American Society for Social Philosophy award (2004). Another Cosmopolitanism. Hospitality, Sovereignty and Democratic Iterations, based on Professor Benhabib’s 2004 Tanner Lectures delivered at Berkeley, with responses by Jeremy Waldron, Bonnie Honig and Will Kymlicka has appeared from Oxford University Press in 2006.
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