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Silvia Benso

Professor
Department of Philosophy
College of Liberal Arts
Director, Women's and Gender Studies Program

585-475-4116
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Silvia Benso

Professor
Department of Philosophy
College of Liberal Arts
Director, Women's and Gender Studies Program

Education

Laurea, University of Torino (Italy); MA, Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University

Bio

Silvia Benso has been Professor of Philosophy at RIT since Winter 2008. After doing her undergraduate work in philosophy at the University of Torino, Italy, and studying in Germany for almost two years, she graduated with a Ph.D. in philosophy from Penn State University, USA. Among her areas of interest and specialization are ancient philosophy, contemporary European philosophy, the history of philosophy, ethics, aesthetics, and feminist theories. Besides having published articles on Nietzsche, Heidegger, Levinas, and ancient philosophy (especially Plato), she is the author of Thinking After Auschwitz: Philosophical Ethics and Jewish Theodicy (in Italian), The Face of Things: A Different Side of Ethics, Viva Voce: Conversations with Italian Philosophers, and the co-author of the volume Environmental Thinking: Between Philosophy and Ecology (in Italian). She has also co-edited the volumes Contemporary Italian Philosophy: Between Ethics, Politics and Religion; Levinas and the Ancients; Between Nihilism and Politics: The Hermeneutics of Gianni Vattimo; and Thinking the Inexhaustible: Art, Interpretation, and Freedom in the Philosophy of Luigi Pareyson. She is the general co-editor for the series Contemporary Italian Philosophy published by SUNY Press and the co-director for SIP—Society for Italian Philosophy.

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Currently Teaching

PHIL-449
3 Credits
A critical examination of issues in some area of philosophy not covered in other philosophy courses.

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Full Length Book
Benso, Silvia and Brian Schroeder, eds. Thinking the Inexhaustible: Art, Interpretation, and Freedom in the Philosophy of Luigi Pareyson. Albany, NY: SUNY Press, 2018. Print.
Benso, Silvia. Viva Voce: Conversations with Italian Philosophers. Albany, NY: State University of New York Press, 2017. Print.
Benso, Silvia. Truth and Interpretation by Luigi Pareyson. Albany, NY: SUNY, 2013. Print.
Book Chapter
Benso, Silvia and Brian Schroeder. "Introduction: Thinking the Inexhaustible." Thinking the Inexhaustible: Art, Interpretation, and Freedom in the Philosophy of Luigi Pareyson. Ed. Silvia Benso and Brian Schroeder. Albany, NY: SUNY Press, 2018. 1-9. Print.
Benso, Silvia. "Luigi Pareyson: A Master in Italian Hermeneutics." Thinking the Inexhaustible: Art, Interpretation, and Freedom in the Philosophy of Luigi Pareyson. Ed. Silvia Benso and Brian Schroeder. Albany, NY: SUNY Press, 2018. 11-28. Print.
Benso, Silvia. "The Breathing of the Air: Pre-Socratic Echoes in Levinas." Atmospheres of Breathing. Ed. Lenart Škof and Petri Berndtson. Albany, NY: SUNY Press, 2018. 83-98. Print.
Benso, Silvia. "Lost in Translation: Luigi Pareyson e gli studi pareysoniani in ambito anglosassone [Luigi Pareyson and Pareyson Scholarship in the Anglophone World]." Annuario Filosofico 33 (2017). Milan, Italy: Mursia, 2018. 195-207. Print.
Benso, Silvia. "Castelli e giardini, luoghi del filosofare [Castles and Gardens as Sites of Philosophizing]." Trovarsi Accanto. Ed. M. Adinolfi and M. Doní . Rome, Italy: InSchibboleth Edizioni, 2017. 51-66. Print.
Benso, Silvia. "Earthly Morality and the Other: From Levinas to Economic Sustainability." Faces of Nature: Levinasian Ethics and Enviromental Philosophy. Pittsburgh, PA: Duquesne University Press, 2012. 11-28. Print.
Benso, Silvia. "Parchi e Giardini Urbani Ovvero La Natura Resa Pubblica (A Partire da Hannah Arendt) [Urban Parks and Gardens, Or Nature Made Public (Following Up on Hannah Arendt)]." Filosofia e Spazio Pubblico [Philosophy and Public Space]. Bologna, Italy: II Mulino, 2012. 243-258. Print.
Benso, Silvia. "Joy Beyond Boredom: Totality and Infinity as a Work of Wonder." Totality and Infinity at 50. Pittsburgh, PA: Duquesne University Press, 2012. 11-28. Print.
Benso, Silvia. "Introduction: Struggling with the Angel:Time, Finitude, and Metaphysical Sentiment." The Possible Present. Ed. Ugo Perone. Albany, NY: SUNY Press, 2011. IX-XVIII. Print.
Invited Keynote/Presentation
Benso, Silvia. "Lost in Translation: Luigi Pareyson nel mondo anglosassone." Luigi Pareyson: Philosophie und Religiöse Erfahrung. Katholische Akademie. Berlin, Germany. 2 Feb. 2018. Conference Presentation.
Benso, Silvia. "Perplexing Beauty: A Short Commentary on Jonathan Fine’s ‘The Guise of the Beautiful’." Ancient Philosophy Society. Emory University. Emory, GA. 27 Apr. 2018. Conference Presentation.
Benso, Silvia. "Resisting Reality: Vattimo’s Ontology of Actuality as a Political Act." Canadian Society for Italian Studies. University of Ottawa. Ottawa, Canada. 11 May 2018. Conference Presentation.
Benso, Silvia. "The Death of the Author: On Mario Perniola and Italian Aesthetics." Society for Italian Philosophy at SPEP. Penn State University. State College, PA. 19 Oct. 2018. Conference Presentation.
Benso, Silvia. "Reality, Realism, Resistance: On Vattimo’s Ontology of Actuality." Australasian Society for Continental Philosophy. Western Sydney University. Sydney, Australia. 23 Nov. 2018. Conference Presentation.
Benso, Silvia. "The Alchemist’s Lab: Considerations on Italian Philosophy." International Conference on “New Italian Thought: Challenges and Responses,”. King’s College at Western University. London, ON. 26 Mar. 2017. Conference Presentation.
Benso, Silvia. "Imagining Nature and Art in Plato’s Phaedrus." Annual Meeting of the Ancient Philosophy Society. Baylor University. Waco, TX. 27 Apr. 2017. Conference Presentation.
Benso, Silvia. "Apple, Pear, and Fig Trees: Pleasure and Joy in Augustine’s Gardens." Annual Meeting of the History of Philosophy Society. Emory University. Atlanta, GA. 19 May 2017. Conference Presentation.
Benso, Silvia. "Cultivating Things with Heidegger." Humanities Colloquium. Malmí¶ University. Malmí¶, Sweden. 29 May 2017. Lecture.
Benso, Silvia. "Waterworks in Levinas’s Philosophy." Philosophy Colloquium. Vilnius University. Vilnius, Lithuania. 30 May 2017. Lecture.
Benso, Silvia. "Bodies of Water: Levinas’s Hydrodynamic Ethics." Workshop: The Ethics of Things. Centre for Advanced Studies at the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters. Oslo, Norway. 2 Jun. 2017. Lecture.
Benso, Silvia. "The Saying of the Oak Tree: Cultivating Dwelling Places." Spaces of Nature, Natures of Space. Collegium Phaenomenologicum. Cittí  di Castello, Italy. 18 Jul. 2017. Lecture.
Benso, Silvia. "Open Borders: Italian Philosophy Between Nationalism and Globalization." Annual Meeting of the College of Fellows. Western Sydney University. Sydney, Australia. 23 Nov. 2017. Lecture.
Benso, Silvia. "“Gardening with Martin while Interpreting Greek Poiesis”." Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy. Utah Valley University. Salt Lake City, UT. 21 Oct. 2016. Conference Presentation.
Benso, Silvia. "Il luogo della filosofia: Tra arte tecnica e natura [The Place of Philosophy: Between Art, Technology, and Nature]." Dipartimento di Filosofia e Scienze dell’Educazione. Universití  degli Studi di Torino. Turin, Italy. 10 Oct. 2016. Guest Lecture.
Benso, Silvia. "Urban Parks and Gardens as Places of Appearance: The Body as a Common Good After Hannah Arendt." Sitka Institute. Pacific Association for the Continental Tradition. Sitka, AK. 5 Aug. 2016. Conference Presentation.
Benso, Silvia. "Fluid Ethics: Images of Water in Levinas." Levinas Research Seminar. University of Toronto. Toronto, Canada. 20 Jun. 2016. Keynote Speech.
Benso, Silvia. "What if Martin Were a Gardener? Moving Beyond Heidegger by Interpreting Greek Poiesis." History of Philosophy Society. Texas A&M. College Station, TX. 23 Apr. 2016. Conference Presentation.
Benso, Silvia. "Pareyson, Heidegger, and the Ontology of Freedom." Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy. Emory University. Atlanta, GA. 10 Oct. 2015. Conference Presentation.
Benso, Silvia. "The Eternal Return of the Will in Levinas' Totality and Infinity." Levinas Research Seminar. Stonybrook University-Manhattan Campus. New York, NY. 28 Apr. 2013. Conference Presentation.
Benso, Silvia. "Thresholds of Time: The Present Between Narration and Translation." Theologische Fakultat. Humboldt Universitat. Berlin, Germany. 4 Jul. 2013. Lecture.
Benso, Silvia. "When Heidegger's Tower Dweller Takes a Walk: On Thinkers, Poets, and Mysterious Guests." Collegium Phenomenologicum. Collegium Phenomenologicum. Citta' di Castello, Italy. 9 Jul. 2013. Lecture.
Benso, Silvia. "The Faces of Responsibility: On Francois Raffoul's The Origins of Responsibility." Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy. University of Oregon. Eugene, OR. 26 Oct. 2013. Conference Presentation.
Benso, Silvia. "Stoic Cosmopolitanism Between Now and Then: Embodied Citizens of the World." Ancient Philosophy Society. Utah Valley University. Sundance Resort, Salt Lake City, UT. 13 Apr. 2011. Keynote Speech.
Benso, Silvia. "Hermeneutic Communism Between Archeology and Eschatology: Is Anything Missing?" Hermeneutic Communism Conference. Stony Brook University. Manhattan Campus, New York, NY. 19 Oct. 2011. Conference Presentation.
Benso, Silvia. "Gianni Vattimo's Politics Between Reformism and Revolution." Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy. Villanova University/Penn State University. Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA. 21 Oct. 2011. Conference Presentation.
Journal Editor
Benso, Silvia, ed. Aesthetics of the Virtual. Albany: SUNY Press, 2012. Print.
Journal Paper
Guglielminetti, Enrico, et al. "Thinking of Work." SpazioFilosofico. 1 (2011) Web.
Editor (book or journal)
Benso, Silviaand Brian Schroeder, eds. Between Nihilism and Politics: The Hermeneutics of Gianni Vattimo. Albany: SUNY Press, 2010. Print.
Published Article
Benso, Silvia and Brian Schroeder. “Italian Philosophy Between 1980-1995.” The History of Continental Philosophy. Vol. 7: Post-Poststructuralism. Ed. Alan Schrift and Rosi Braidotti. Chesham, UK: Acumen Publishing, 2010. 83-110. Print.
Benso, Silvia.“Emancipation and the Future of the Utopian: On Vattimo’s Philosophy of History.” Between Nihilism and Politics: The Hermeneutics of Gianni Vattimo. Ed. Silvio Benso and Brian Schroeder. Albany: SUNY Press, 2010. 203-219. Print.
Published Review
Benso, Silvia. Rev. ofPlato and Levinas: The AmbiguousOut-side of Ethics, by Tanja Straehler. Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews, October 2010. Web.