Benjamin Storey teaches the history of political philosophy, and is Co-Director of the Tocqueville Program at Furman University.  He is winner of the 2016 Alester G. and Janie Earle Furman, Jr. Award for Excellence in Teaching as well as the 2011 Francis Bonner "American Scholar" Award, presented by Furman's Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa.  In 2016, Storey was awarded a Visiting Fellowship at Princeton University where he is completing a book entitled, "Know Thyself: Liberal Education for Dissident Souls."  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.  


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Know Thyself

Investigate human nature, the soul, the self, and the search for understanding. Discuss and analyze the arguments of both ancient philosophers and their modern counterparts, along with input by contemporary scientists. Texts include the writings of Western tradition's greatest philosophers, including Socrates.


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.


Modern Political Thought

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


Issues in Political Thought

Examination of selected moral and political themes in light of the tradition of political thought, which combines classic texts with the writings of contemporary scholars and public intellectuals. Topics each semester are addressed in more detail on the Tocqueville Program web site."

  • 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
Committee on Social Thought, University of Chicago
Committee on Social Thought, University of Chicago
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

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