Violent critiques of liberalism: Georges Sorel, Carl Schmitt, Walter Benjamin
Benjamin's research focuses on the way in which three thinkers - Georges Sorel, Carl Schmitt and Walter Benjamin - conceive of violence as a means of critique. The purpose of the thesis is to explore the ways in which a number of critical social and political theorists used violence and militarism as a means through which to define and test the limits of liberal democratic states and the nature of the individual therein
Ben completed his PhD in 2018.
MA in Political Philosophy (Distinction) University of York
BA in Modern and Contemporary History (First Class Honours) University of London
Presented on 'Carl Schmitt: Violence and the Political', at JUDGEPOL 2015 Summer School on Political Violence at University of Edinburgh
Presented to White Rose Legacies of War network on:
Paper presented (in absentia) on ‘Modern European Democracy’, to Greece and Democracy Roundtable Discussion (University of Leeds, August, 2015)
Presented at Quilting Points, reading group and seminar series (University of Leeds), on:
Presented at Performa, reading group (University of Leeds), on:
Panel chair at University of Leeds Interdisciplinary Postgraduate Conference (June 2015), on 'Symbols and Metaphors'. Chair for 'Symbols and Metaphors in Philosophy'.
Panel chair at University of Leeds Interdisciplinary Postgraduate Conference (June 2014), on 'Conflict: Causes, Chaos and Resolutions'. Chair for 'Modern Conflict'.
Awarded Department of Politics Prize for MA in Political Philosophy at University of York
Seminar Tutor for History of Political Thought (2nd year undergraduate module)
Seminar Tutor for Introduction to Political Theory (1st year undergraduate course)
'Impact Working Group' – Postgraduate representative for School of Languages, Cultures and Societies (University of Leeds, May 2015 - present)
Co-Director, Quilting Points - interdisciplinary reading group and seminar series, Leeds Humanities Research Institute, University of Leeds. Theme: Michel Foucault on biopower and the subject. (September 2014 – June 2015)
Editorial Assistant at Locke Studies, March 2016 - present
In October 2016, Ben hosted a colloquium on Myth, Violence and Unreason in the History of Political Thought at the University of York.