Benhabib honored with Leopold Lucas Prize

Seyla Benhabib, the Eugene Meyer Professor of Political Science and Philosophy, has been awarded the 2012 Leopold Lucas Prize in recognition of her study of the coherence of civil societies under strain from the pressures of globalization, migration, and conflict over the differing values of groups and individuals.

Seyla Benhabib
Seyla Benhabib

She will receive the prize at the University of Tübingen, Germany, on May 8.

The prize honors the memory of the rabbi and scholar Leopold Lucas, who died at Theresienstadt concentration camp in 1943. It honors “outstanding achievement in the fields of theology, history, or philosophy, focusing on individuals whose work promotes tolerance among nations and religions.”

In 2009 Benhabib, who is also adjunct professor at the Yale Law School, received the Ernst Bloch Prize, one of Germany’s most distinguished philosophical honors, and last spring she was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship for her project “The Contested Future of Sovereignty: International Law and Democracy.”

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