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Seyla Benhabib

WithJoyce Appleby, Elizabeth Covington, David Hoyt, Michael Latham, Allison Sneider

Seyla Benhabib is a professor of political science and philosophy at Harvard University. In her book Situating the Self Benhabib attempts to define the concept “interactive universalism.” This abstract notion is meant to evade both the hegemony of Enlightenment certainty concerning epistemology and human reason and the more nihilistic postmodernist precepts that deny the human agent any causality whatsoever. Benhabib claims that “the crucial insights of the universalist tradition in practical philosophy can be reformulated today without committing oneself to the metaphysical illusions of the Enlightenment."1