Dignity in Adversity
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Dignity in Adversity : Human Rights in Troubled Times

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Ranging over themes such as sovereignty, citizenship, genocide, European anti-semitism, and the 'scarf affair' in contemporary Europe and Turkey, this major new book by one of our leading political theorists reflects upon the political transformations of our times and makes a compelling case for a cosmopolitanism without illusions.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 288 pages
  • 161 x 235 x 23mm | 596g
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New
  • 0745654428
  • 9780745654423
  • 2,340,250

Table of contents

Preface vii


Acknowledgments x


1. Introduction: Cosmopolitanism without Illusions 1


2. From The Dialectic of Enlightenment to The Origins of Totalitarianism: Theodor Adorno and Max Horkheimer in the Company of Hannah Arendt 20


3. International Law and Human Plurality in the Shadow of Totalitarianism: Hannah Arendt and Raphael Lemkin 41


4. Another Universalism: On the Unity and Diversity of Human Rights 57


5. Is There a Human Right to Democracy? Beyond Interventionism and Indifference 77


6. Twilight of Sovereignty or the Emergence of Cosmopolitan Norms? Rethinking Citizenship in Volatile Times 94


7. Claiming Rights Across Borders: International Human Rights and Democratic Sovereignty 117


8. Democratic Exclusions and Democratic Iterations: Dilemmas of Just Membership and Prospects of Cosmopolitan Federalism 138


9. The Return of Political Theology: The Scarf Affair in Comparative Constitutional Perspective in France, Germany, and Turkey 166


10. Utopia and Dystopia in Our Times 184


Notes and References 196


Index 285
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"An original contribution rich with theoretical insights and practical implications. It is a welcome addition to the philosophical literature on human rights."
Political Studies Review
"A rich and complex web of conceptual approaches to see through the global political challenges of our times."
Global Journal
"Delivers a remarkable contribution to theoretical debates centring on issues of human rights and exposes a field of intriguing connection points between Islam and Western liberal constitutional democracies."
Central European Journal of International and Security Studies
"In her comprehensive theory of human rights, Benhabib combines boldness of thinking with great sensitivity to cultural differences and the impact of historical experience. No hard question is ignored; answers are put forth with generous consideration of opposing views. This is an exemplary work of analysis, and beneath it runs a steady flow of quietly passionate hope."
George Kateb, Princeton University
"Equally elegant and convincing, Seyla Benhabib shows a path for cosmopolitan theory beyond the stale opposition between globalist and state-centred approaches. Combining profound normative reflections with perceptive historical, legal and political analysis, she crafts a powerful critical theory of democracy and human rights. This book is essential reading for anyone interested in the principles and institutions of a just global order."
Rainer Forst, University of Frankfurt
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"An original contribution rich with theoretical insights and practical implications. It is a welcome addition to the philosophical literature on human rights." Political Studies Review "A rich and complex web of conceptual approaches to see through the global political challenges of our times." Global Journal "Delivers a remarkable contribution to theoretical debates centring on issues of human rights and exposes a field of intriguing connection points between Islam and Western liberal constitutional democracies." Central European Journal of International and Security Studies "In her comprehensive theory of human rights, Benhabib combines boldness of thinking with great sensitivity to cultural differences and the impact of historical experience. No hard question is ignored; answers are put forth with generous consideration of opposing views. This is an exemplary work of analysis, and beneath it runs a steady flow of quietly passionate hope." George Kateb, Princeton University "Equally elegant and convincing, Seyla Benhabib shows a path for cosmopolitan theory beyond the stale opposition between globalist and state-centred approaches. Combining profound normative reflections with perceptive historical, legal and political analysis, she crafts a powerful critical theory of democracy and human rights. This book is essential reading for anyone interested in the principles and institutions of a just global order." Rainer Forst, University of Frankfurt
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About Seyla Benhabib

Seyla Benhabib is Eugene Meyer Professor of Political Science and Philosophy at Yale University.
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