Benjamin Storey teaches the history of political philosophy, and is Co-Director of the Tocqueville Program at Furman University.  His writings have appeared in the Journal of Politics, the Review of Politics, Perspectives on Political Science, the New Atlantis, the Blackwell Encyclopedia of Political Thought, and the Claremont Review of Books.  In 2010, he was awarded a prestigious “Enduring Questions” Grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to support the development of his first-year seminar course, “Know Thyself.”  In 2011, he won the Francis Bonner “American Scholar” Award, presented by presented by Furman’s Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa.  He is presently at work on a book on the question of self-knowledge in modern political philosophy.

Syllabi

Name Title Description

FYW-1138

Know Thyself

Investigation of the question at the heart of a truly liberal education, the question of human nature. As the ancient Greek philosopher Socrates once said, I am still unable to know myself

PSC-103

Intro to Political Thought

A survey of major political philosophers in which students consider alternative conceptions of reality as they come to light in ancient, medieval, and modern political orders.

PSC-272

Modern Political Thought

Textual analysis of works by authors such as Machiavelli, Hobbes, Locke, Rousseau, Burke, Marx, Mill, and Nietzsche.

  • Michel de Montaigne,” Blackwell Encyclopedia of Political Thought, forthcoming
  • “Tocqueville on Technology,” The New Atlantis, Fall 2013. To be reprinted in a volume on “Virtue and Biotechnology,” edited by Peter Augustine Lawler and Marc Guerra, forthcoming from Lexington Books.
  • “Montaigne, Secularism, and the Enlightenment,” in Enlightenment and Secularism: Essays on the Mobilization of Reason, Edited by Christopher Nadon. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2013.
  • “Self-Knowledge and Sociability in the Thought of Rousseau,” Perspectives on Political Science, July 2012
  • "Of Bookworms and Busybodies," Furman Magazine, February 2012
  • "Self-Knowledge and Sociability in the Thought of Rousseau," Perspectives on Political Science, July 2012
  • "Liberation Biology, Lost in the Cosmos," The New Atlantis, Summer 2011
  • "Philosophy is Here to Stay," The New Atlantis¸ Spring 2011
  • "The Problem of Admiration in Rousseau's 'Sad and Great System,'" Journal of Politics, July 2011
  • "Lessons from Venus," (with Jenna Silber Storey), The Claremont Review of Books Special Edition, Spring 2010
  • "Rousseau and the Problem of Self-Knowledge," Review of Politics, Spring 2009
  • "The Conservative Cosmopolitanism of Christopher Caldwell," Doublethink Quarterly, Fall 2009
  • The Francis Bonner "American Scholar" Award, given by Furman University's Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, August 2011
  • National Endowment for the Humanities "Enduring Questions" Grant, 2010-2012
  • Intercollegiate Studies Institute Western Civilization Fellow, 2004-2005
  • John U. Nef Fellow for Research in Paris, 2001-2002
  • H.B. Earhart Fellow, 1999-2001, 2002-2004
  • Junior Fellow, John M. Olin Center for Inquiry into the Theory and Practice of Democracy, 1999-2001, 2002-2003
  • Max Steele Award in Fiction Writing, University of North Carolina, 1997
  • Phi Beta Kappa, University of North Carolina, 1996
Education
Ph.D.
Committee on Social Thought, University of Chicago
M.A.
Committee on Social Thought, University of Chicago
B.A.
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

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