Cattedra Rotelli

Cattedra Rotelli

Rotelli Lectures 2021

From the 2nd to the 6th of November 2021, Professor Seyla Benhabib will give the Rotelli Lectures at Vita-Salute San Raffaele University. The theme for this year’s Lectures will be

The Seduction of Sovereignty. A Democratic and Cosmopolitan Critique.”

Program of the Rotelli Lectures 2021 (online):

  • 2 Novembre, 16.00 – 18.30
    Lecture 1: “The Adventures of Sovereignty”
    Discussant: Raffaele Ariano (CRISI, ICONE)
  • 3 Novembre, 16.00 – 18.30
    Lecture 2: “In the Beginning was Thomas Hobbes”
    Discussant: Giacomo Arrigo (IRCECP)
  • 4 Novembre, 16.00 – 18.30
    Lecture 3: “Transformation of Sovereignty. Constitutionalism and Judicial Review”
    Discussant: Francesca Cesarano (CeSEP)
  • 5 Novembre, 16.00 – 18.30
    Lecture 4: "Sovereignty and the Legitimacy of International Law"
    Discussant: Alessandro Volpe (IRCECP) 
  • 6 Novembre, 16.00 – 18.30
    Lecture 5: “The ‘Right to have Rights’: Popular Sovereignty and the Boundaries of the Demos”
    Discussant: Mitja Sardoč (ERI (Ljubljana), CeSEP) 

**Please note that the Lectures will be delivered online on Microsoft teams**

The event is open to everyone. For all those who are not San Raffaele University’s students or academic staff, registration is required. In order to register, please send an email to Prior to the event, instructions for accessing the Lectures will be sent via email to all those who have registered.

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Prof. Seyla Benhabib

Seyla Benhabib is a senior research scholar and adjunct professor of law at Columbia Law School. She is also an affiliate faculty member in the Columbia University Department of Philosophy and a senior fellow at the Columbia Center for Contemporary Critical Thought.

Benhabib is a political philosopher. She has extensively written on, and commented, Hannah Arendt’s and Jürgen Habermas’ philosophical works. She is also well-known for her work on the critical theory tradition and feminist political philosophy. More recently, Benhabib has focused her research on the topics of human rights and human migration.

Before her current position at Columbia, Seyla Benhabib (1950) was the Eugene Meyer Professor of Political Science and Philosophy at Yale University from 2001 to 2020, and was Director of the Program in Ethics, Politics and Economics from 2002 to 2008. Prior to that, Benhabib has thought at Boston University, SUNY Stony Brook, the New School for Social Research, and the Department of Government at Harvard University. From 2006 to 2007 she has been President of the Eastern Division of the American Philosophical Association.

Benhabib was Fellow of the Institute for Advanced Study in Berlin (2008-2009), of the NYU Straus Institute for the Advanced Study of Law and Justice (2012), and of the German Marshall Fund’s Transatlantic Academy in Washington DC (2013). Moreover, she has received numerous prizes and recognitions for her merits in philosophical research. She has been elected Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (1995). She was appointed to the Spinoza Chair of Philosophy at the University of Amsterdam (2000). She was Tanner Lecturer at UC, Berkeley (2004). She has received the Ernst Bloch prize for her contribution to cultural dialogue in a globalized world (2009). She has been awarded with the Dr. Leopold-Lucas Prize by the Evangelical Academy of Tübingen (2012). She has received the Meister Eckhart Prize at the University of Cologne for her contribution to contemporary philosophical thought (2014). Benhabib has also delivered the Dewey Lecture in Law and Philosophy at the University of Chicago Law School (Spring 2020). In fall 2020, she has delivered the annual human rights lecture at the London School of Economics.

Seminars in preparation to the Rotelli Lectures 2021

Seminars in preparation to the Rotelli Lectures 2021

Between April and June 2021, a series of seminars in preparation to the Rotelli Lectures will be held according to the following calendar:

  • 30.04 18.00-20.00 Dimitri D’Andrea (UniFi) - Hobbes: il concetto di sovranità
  • 04.05 18.30-20.30 Paolo Costa (Fondazione Bruno Kessler) - Arendt: appartenenza e cittadinanza
  • 10.05 18.00-20.00 Alessandro Volpe (UniSR) - Habermas: l'etica del discorso
  • 17.05 18.00-20.00 Greta Favara (UniSR) - La filosofia politica di Seyla Benhabib I
  • 25.05 18.00-20.00 Greta Favara (UniSR) - La filosofia politica di Seyla Benhabib II
  • 03.06 18.00-20.00 Greta Favara (UniSR) - La filosofia politica di Seyla Benhabib III
  • 08.06 18.00-20.00 Francesca Cesarano (UniSR) - Prospettive critiche sulla filosofia di Benhabib I
  • 15.06 18.00-20.00 Elisa Piras (Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna) - Prospettive critiche sulla filosofia di Benhabib II

All the preparatory seminars will be held in Italian on Microsoft Teams.

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