Dr. Philip Benesch

 Recent Book:
The Viennese Socrates: Karl
Popper and the Reconstruction
of Progressive Politics

(Peter Lang, New York, March 2012)

Recent Activities (May 2013-present)

  • Forthcoming: invited speaker, Popper and Historical Explanation, Symposium on Karl Popper and the Problem of Change, Ankara, Turkey, September 18-20, 2015
  • Attendee: 8th Biennial Conference of the National Association of Fellowship Advisors, Oakland, CA, July 15-18, 2015
  • Presenter: Karl Popper's Critique of Historical Materialism, Hoover Archives workshop on Political Economy, Hoover Institution, Stanford University, Stanford CA, June 22-26, 2015
  • Attendee: 2015 annual meeting of the Northeast Association of Prelaw Advisors, Fordham University Law School, New York, June 15-18, 2015
  • Public Presentation: “Liberty and the Rule of Law: the Eight Hundred Year Legacy of Magna Carta.” Keynote speaker at Lebanon County Bar Association “Law Day” and Lebanon County naturalization ceremony. Courthouse, Lebanon, PA, May 1, 2015
  • Attendee, Fulbright Program Advisor workshop, Institu.te of International Education, New York, March 13, 2015
  • Attendee, Prelaw Advisor Workshop, Florida Coastal School of Law, March 5-6, 2015
  • Presenter: Innovation grant report on Symposium on Karl Popper and the Open Society, Faculty Innovation Grant Recipient Forum, Lebanon Valley College, February 18, 2015
  • Organizer/Moderator & Contributor: Symposium on Karl Popper and the Open Society Lebanon Valley College, September 16-18, 2014  Opening session with George Soros Detailed program with other video: http://www.lvc.edu/history-politics-globalstudies/popper.aspx 
  • Facilitator, Constitution Day activities (includes lecture by U.S. Judge John Jones on “The U.S. Constitution and the Values of an Open Society”), Lebanon Valley College, September 17, 2014 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yU03hHTgdA8
  • Public presentation: on Richard Thaler and Cass Sunstein’s Nudge: Improving Decisions about Health, Wealth, and Happiness, Summer Book Review series, Mount Gretna, July 2014
  • Presenter, The Viennese Socrates: Karl Popper and the Reconstruction of Progressive Politics, Science and the Open Society, international webinar, Mark Notturno/Interactivity Foundation, June-September 2014
  • Trustee, Lebanon Valley College Board of Trustees, term May 2014-May 2017
  • Organizer/Moderator & Contributor: Roundtable on Teaching Plato in Undergraduate Political Theory Courses, New York State Political Science Association, St. John’s University (Manhattan campus), NY, April 2014
  • Just the Individual, Martin Luther King Day Commemoration, Lebanon Valley College, January 20, 2014
  • Sabbatical talk: Two Tales: The Hybrid Experiment and Some Postscripts to Popper, Lebanon Valley College, December 2013

·      Co-presentation: The Roberts-Kennedy Court? Constitution Day presentation (with PSU Dickinson Law’s Bekah Saidman-Krauss), Lebanon Valley College, September 2013

  • Op-ed“Attorney General Kane is right on recusal and right on gay marriage”, Patriot-News, Harrisburg, PA,  August 27, 2013.
  • Public presentation: Summer Book Reviews on Steven Pinker’s The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined, Mount Gretna, July 2013, and Cornwall Manor, August 2013
  • Panelist, Prelaw Advising in Political Science Departments (roundtable), Northeast Association PreLaw Advisors, University of Pennsylvania School of Law, Philadelphia, PA, June 2013
  • Commencement Speaker: Courage and Liberal Education, Lebanon Valley College graduation ceremony, May 2013

Credentials Earned Since Joining the LVC Faculty

  • Postgraduate Diploma in Laws (Legal Theory and History) University of London, December 2011
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Laws (Human Rights Law) University of London, December 2008


Articles, Reviews, & Essays (2005-2013)

 

Law-related & Prelaw Professional Meetings Attended (2005-2013)

  • Panelist, Prelaw Advising in Academic Departments (roundtable), Northeast Association of Prelaw Advisors, Philadelphia, PA, June 2013
  • Panelist, Prelaw Advising in Political Science Departments (roundtable - 90 minute podcast available),  Midwest Political Science Association, Chicago, IL, April 2013
  • Moderator, Prelaw Programs and Political Science (roundtable), Northeast Political Science Association, Boston, MA, November 2012 
  • Pre Law Advisors’ National Council, Washington DC June 2012 
  • Conference on John Finnis and Natural Law (Scarpa Conference on Law, Politics and Ethics), Villanova University Law School, September 2011 .
  • Conference on "A Republic of Statutes: The New American Constitution" (Scarpa Conference on Law, Politics and Ethics), Villanova University Law School, February 2011
  • Prelaw Advisors Workshop, Drexel University Law School, January 2011
  • PreLaw Advisors Conference (NAPLA-SAPLA), Duke University Law School, Durham, NC June 2010 
  • Conference on "Liberty of Conscience" (Scarpa Conference on Law, Politics and Ethics), Villanova University Law School, February 2009
  • Conference on Justice Scalia's Jurisprudence (Scarpa Conference on Law, Politics and Ethics), Villanova University Law School, October 2007
  • Pre-Law Advisors Workshop, American Political Science Association, Washington D.C., September 2005

 
Papers Presented at Political Science Professional Meetings:

  • Is History Out of Date? Political Science and Political Philosophy after Popper. Midwest Political Science Association, Chicago, Illinois, April 2013
  • The Religious Neutrality Principle in the Governance of an Open Society, Political Studies Association, Cardiff, March 2013
  • A Society of Friends amidst a Community of Strangers, panel on interpreting Plato's Republic, Northeast Political Science Association, Boston, Massachusetts, November 2012
  • Karl Popper’s Critique of Marxian Political Economy, Prague Conference on Political Economy, Prague, Czech Republic, March 2011
  • Popper, Marx, and Democratic Theory. Midwest Political Science Association, Chicago, Illinois, April 2009
  • Socratic Fallibilism and Political Abstentionism, Northeast Political Science Association, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, November 2007
  • Dworkin, Scalia, and the Integrity of Law.  Midwest Political Science Association, Chicago, Illinois, April 2007
  • Karl Popper and International Relations (with Albert Dalmolen), Midwest Political Science Association, Chicago, Illinois, April 1995
  • Rousseau, Kant, and the Political Theory of International Relations. Northeast International Studies Association, Providence, Rhode Island, November 1994
  • Popper, Marx, and Utopianism. Conference on Utopian Studies, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, October 1994.
  • The Socialist Party of Great Britain and Fascism, 1923-1945. Pennsylvania Political Science Association, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, April 1994
  • Karl Popper's Critique of Utopianism. Kentucky Political Science Association, Morehead, Kentucky, March 1994