Dr. Philip Benesch

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

(Peter Lang, New York, March 2012)

Webpages & YouTube Video links

Symposium on Karl Popper and the Open Society (September 16-18, 2014) - Opening session with George Soros and Mark Notturno

 - video list  www.lvc.edu/history-politics-globalstudies/popper.aspx

External Scholarships & Fellowships :www.lvc.edu/career-development/fellowships-scholarships.aspx

 Fulbright session March 1 2016 video

Prelaw advising resourceswww.lvc.edu/pre-law/index.aspx

 News for Law School Applicants

 LVC Law on Linkedin - an online hub connecting curent prelaw students with LVC alumni who are lawyers or law students

 U.S. Judge John Jones on judicial activism, the Kitzmiller (2005, Evolution & Intelligent Design) and Whitewood (2014, constitutionality of same-sex marriage in PA) cases (LVC Constitution Day Lecture, 2014)

Steve Fuller on The Global Significance of the Kitzmiller Trial (LVC Colloquium February 16, 2016) video

Chief Justice Saylor on "The Federalist Papers and the U.S. Constitution" (LVC Constitution Day lecture, 2016)


Recent Activities (May 2013-present)

  • Completed LL.M exams May 2016, awarded LL.M (Public Law) University of London, July 2016
  • Attendee, Fulbright and Boren programs workshop, Institute of International Education, Washington DC, July 11 2016
  • Presenter, Karl Popper and Historical Explanation, Philosophy of the Social Sciences Roundtable, University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida, March 11-13, 2016
  • Attendee, Fulbright Program Adviser workshop, Villanova University, February 25, 2016
  • January 2016 - ongoing project due for completion April 2017: panelist on Future of Free Speech, Interactivity Foundation, DC
  • Presenter, Karl Popper and Historical Explanation (revised), Science and the Open Society, international webinar, January 16, 2016
  • Presenter: Karl 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

  • LL.M. (Public Law) University of London, July 2016 
  • 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