In The Rights of Others, Benhabib argues that the transnational movement of people across the globe has brought to the fore fundamental dilemmas facing liberal democracies: tension between a state's commitment to universal human rights, and to its sovereign self-determination and its claims to regulate its national borders on the other. Re-conceptualises the boundaries of political membership in liberal democracies instead proposing `porous' borders rather than open ones and a right to `just membership,' advocating cosmopolitan federalism in the tradition of Kant. Banhabib's work goes to the heart of key issues faced in a world of forced displacement, Brexit, and increased protectionism.
Burcu Ozcelik is a Teaching Associate in the Department of Politics and International Studies at the University of Cambridge. Her broader research engages with human rights reform and constitutionalisation, political theories of reconciliation and recognition, agonistic democratic theory, and evolving understandings of self-determination, and she has conducted empirical research into contemporary Kurdish politics in Turkey, Iraq and Syria and Turkey's foreign policy in the Middle East.
Ways in to the text Who was Seyla Benhabib? What does The Rights of Others say? Why does The Rights of Others matter? Section 1: Influences Module 1: The Author and the Historical Context Module 2: Academic Context Module 3: The Problem Module 4: The Author's Contribution Section 2: Ideas Module 5: Main Ideas Module 6: Secondary Ideas Module 7: Achievement Module 8: Place in the Author's Work Section 3: Impact Module 9: The First Responses Module 10: The Evolving Debate Module 11: Impact and Influence Today Module 12: Where Next? Glossary of Terms People Mentioned in the Text Works Cited