Professor Rick Benitez

BA Western Maryland PhD Texas
Professor
Department of Philosophy
Department of Classics and Ancient History

A14 - The Quadrangle
The University of Sydney

Telephone +61 2 9351 6658
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Biographical details

Professor Rick Benitez taught at the Catholic University of America and the Smithsonian Institution before coming to Sydney in 1992. He has been a visiting professor at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (1998). He was President of the Sydney Society of Literature and Aesthetics (1997-2004). He has served as Pro-Dean, Teaching and Learning for the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (2012).

Research interests

Ancient Greek Philosophy and Literature

Aesthetics

Philosophy of Law

Teaching and supervision

Ancient Greek Philosophy

Ancient History

Classical Greek

Aesthetics

Philosophy of Law

Awards and honours

Faculty Teaching Excellence Award (2004)

ALTC Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning (2008)

Vice-Chancellor's Award for Outstanding Teaching (2012)

OLT Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning (2012)

Australian Award for University Teaching (2012)

PhD and master's project opportunities

Selected grants

2012

  • Plato's Myth Voice: The Identification and Interpretation of Inspired Speech in Plato; Benitez E, Kindt J, Baltzly D, Johnson M, Tarrant H; Australian Research Council (ARC)/Discovery Projects (DP).

2010

  • The Inspired Voices Research Cluster; Benitez E, Kindt J, Maxwell I, Wilson P; Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences/FASS Collaborative Research Scheme.

2009

  • Academies under Stress: the Reinvention and Survival of Platonist Schools, 360BC-AD565; Tarrant H, Baltzly D, Benitez E, Renaud F, Rocca J; Australian Research Council (ARC)/Discovery Projects (DP).

Selected publications & creative works

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Book Chapters

  • Benitez, E. (2014). Teaching Across the Eye: Insecurity, Individuality, and Intellectual Values in Global Higher Education Practice. In Colina Mason, Felicity Rawlings-Sanaei (Eds.), Academic Migration, Discipline Knowledge and Pedagogical Practice: Voices from the Asia-Pacific, (pp. 93-104). Singapore: Springer.
  • Benitez, E. (2012). Authenticity, Experiment or Development: The Alcibiades I on Virtue and Courage. In Harold Tarrant and Marguerite Johnson (Eds.), Alcibiades and the Socratic Lover-educator, (pp. 119-133). Bodmin, UK: Bristol Classical Press.
  • Benitez, E. (2012). I Sofisti e Socrate. In Lorenzo Perilli, Daniela P Taormina (Eds.), La Filosofia Antica: Itinerario storico e testuale, (pp. 170-193). Turin, Italy: UTET Universita.
  • Benitez, E. (2005). Artistic Beauty and Artistic Production. In Li, R and Song, L (Eds.), Beauty and the way of Modern Life, (pp. 199-209). Wuhan PRC (China): Wuhan University Press.
  • Benitez, E. (2001). Kant, Pessoa, Plato: Three Approaches to Transculturality. In G. Marchianò and R. Milani, eds (Eds.), Frontiers of Transculturality in Contemporary Aesthetics, (pp. 35-50). Turin, Italy: Trauben edizione.

Journals

  • Benitez, E. (2013). Myth, Dialogue and the Allegorical Interpretation of Plato. Modern Greek Studies (Australia and New Zealand), (Special Issue), 1-15.
  • Benitez, E. (2010). Plato the Swan: Interpretation and the Hunt for Plato's Doctrines. Arhe, 7(13), 15-32.
  • Benitez, E. (2010). Plato's Analogy Between Law and Painting: Laws VI.769a-771a. Philosophical Inquiry: international quarterly, 32(1-2), 1-19.
  • Benitez, E. (2009). Introduction: Plato's Music. Aesthetics (was Literature & Aesthetics), 19(1), 9-16.
  • Benitez, E. (2009). Plato's Laws on Correctness as the Standard of Art. Aesthetics (was Literature & Aesthetics), 19(1), 237-256.
  • Benitez, E. (2008). Philosophy, Translation and Transcultural Aesthetics. Skepsis, 19(1), 29-43.
  • Benitez, E. (2007). Philosophy, Myth and Plato's Two-Worlds View. The European Legacy: toward new paradigms, 12(2), 225-242.
  • Benitez, E. (2007). Review - R. M. Dancy: Plato's Introduction of Forms. Ancient Philosophy, 27, 1-4.
  • Benitez, E. (2006). Autonomy, Authority and Law-Abiding Ar. EN v.1-2. Phronimon: Journal of the South African Society for Greek Philosophy and the Humanities, 7(1), 1-19.
  • Benitez, E. (2006). Object-Oriented Aesthetics: The Legacy of Plato in the Philosophy of Art. Modern Greek Studies (Australia and New Zealand), 13, 39-50.
  • Benitez, E. (2005). Tolstoy and the Communication of Aesthetic Feeling. Aesthetics (was Literature & Aesthetics), 15(2), 167-176.
  • Benitez, E. (2005). Transculturality, Art and Aesthetic Principles. Aesthetics (was Literature & Aesthetics), 15(1), 42-56.
  • Benitez, E. (2004). Ancient Ethics. Bryn Mawr Classical Review, 54(2), 430-432.
  • Benitez, E. (2004). On Literal Translation: Robert Browning And The Agamemnon. Philosophy and Literature, 28(2), 259-268.
  • Benitez, E. (2004). Parrhesia, Ekmarturia and The Cassandra Dialogue in Aeschylus' Agamemnon. Modern Greek Studies (Australia and New Zealand), 12, 334-346.
  • Benitez, E. (2004). Review - Bermudez, Jose Luis and Gardner, Sebastian: Art and Morality. Aesthetics (was Literature & Aesthetics), 14, 104-107.
  • Benitez, E. (2003). Review - Marchianò, Grazia: Aesthetics and Chaos. Aesthetics (was Literature & Aesthetics), 12, 99-101.
  • Benitez, E. (2003). The Aesthetics of Piety in Plato and Confucius. International Yearbook of Aesthetics, 7, 66-75.
  • Benitez, E. (2002). Review - Fynsk, Christopher: The Death of the Infant. Canadian Review of Comparative Literature, 29(4), 625-629.
  • Benitez, E. (2002). Review - Lorand, Ruth: Aesthetic Order. Aesthetics (was Literature & Aesthetics), 12, 148-152.

Conferences

  • Benitez, E. (2012). Accidents in Learning: The Limitation of Intended Learning Outcomes in Humanities Teaching. Tenth Annual Hawaii International Conference on Arts & Humanities, Honolulu, Hawaii: Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities.
  • Benitez, E. (2010). The distorted face of desire: aesthetics and emotion in Seneca's tragedies. 8th Annual Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities (2010), Hawaii: Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities.
  • Benitez, E. (2009). Modelling Values and Virtues: An Integrated Approach to Ethics Teaching. 7th Annual Hawaii International Conference on Arts & Humanities (HICAH 2009), Honalulu, Hawaii, USA: Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities.
  • Benitez, E. (2008). Intentions, Disclaimers, and Art for Art's Sake: Plato's Laws on Art Criticism. 6th Annual Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities. Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities.
  • Benitez, E. (2007). Laozi as a Presocratic Philosopher. Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities (2007), Hawaii: Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities.
  • Benitez, E. (2006). The Iconography of a Virtue: Plato and Confucius on Courage. 4th Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities (2006), Honolulu: Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities.

Original Creative Work

  • Benitez, E. (2006). The Sun and the Good. UNSPECIFIED.
  • Benitez, E. (2005). Criminal Love: justice and piety. UNSPECIFIED.
  • Benitez, E. (2003). Kafe Mache. UNSPECIFIED.

Reference Works

  • Benitez, E. (2012). Aesthetics. The Continuum Companion to Plato. (pp. 129-130). London, UK: Continuum.
  • Benitez, E. (2012). Laches. The Continuum Companion to Plato. (pp. 63-65). London, UK: Continuum.
  • Benitez, E. (2012). Laws. The Continuum Companion to Plato. (pp. 65-67). London, UK: Continuum.
  • Benitez, E. (2010). Philosophy, Drama and Literature. In Graeme Oppy and N.N. Trakakis (Eds.), Companion to Philosophy in Australia and New Zealand. (pp. 371-372). Parkville: Monash University Press.

Other

  • Lai, K., Benitez, E. (2008), Philosophy in another tongue. Radio National: The Philosopher's Zone.
  • Benitez, E. (2002), The Death of Agamemnon: Sydney Society of Literature and Aesthetics.

2014

  • Benitez, E. (2014). Teaching Across the Eye: Insecurity, Individuality, and Intellectual Values in Global Higher Education Practice. In Colina Mason, Felicity Rawlings-Sanaei (Eds.), Academic Migration, Discipline Knowledge and Pedagogical Practice: Voices from the Asia-Pacific, (pp. 93-104). Singapore: Springer.

2013

  • Benitez, E. (2013). Myth, Dialogue and the Allegorical Interpretation of Plato. Modern Greek Studies (Australia and New Zealand), (Special Issue), 1-15.

2012

  • Benitez, E. (2012). Accidents in Learning: The Limitation of Intended Learning Outcomes in Humanities Teaching. Tenth Annual Hawaii International Conference on Arts & Humanities, Honolulu, Hawaii: Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities.
  • Benitez, E. (2012). Aesthetics. The Continuum Companion to Plato. (pp. 129-130). London, UK: Continuum.
  • Benitez, E. (2012). Authenticity, Experiment or Development: The Alcibiades I on Virtue and Courage. In Harold Tarrant and Marguerite Johnson (Eds.), Alcibiades and the Socratic Lover-educator, (pp. 119-133). Bodmin, UK: Bristol Classical Press.
  • Benitez, E. (2012). I Sofisti e Socrate. In Lorenzo Perilli, Daniela P Taormina (Eds.), La Filosofia Antica: Itinerario storico e testuale, (pp. 170-193). Turin, Italy: UTET Universita.
  • Benitez, E. (2012). Laches. The Continuum Companion to Plato. (pp. 63-65). London, UK: Continuum.
  • Benitez, E. (2012). Laws. The Continuum Companion to Plato. (pp. 65-67). London, UK: Continuum.

2010

  • Benitez, E. (2010). Philosophy, Drama and Literature. In Graeme Oppy and N.N. Trakakis (Eds.), Companion to Philosophy in Australia and New Zealand. (pp. 371-372). Parkville: Monash University Press.
  • Benitez, E. (2010). Plato the Swan: Interpretation and the Hunt for Plato's Doctrines. Arhe, 7(13), 15-32.
  • Benitez, E. (2010). Plato's Analogy Between Law and Painting: Laws VI.769a-771a. Philosophical Inquiry: international quarterly, 32(1-2), 1-19.
  • Benitez, E. (2010). The distorted face of desire: aesthetics and emotion in Seneca's tragedies. 8th Annual Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities (2010), Hawaii: Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities.

2009

  • Benitez, E. (2009). Introduction: Plato's Music. Aesthetics (was Literature & Aesthetics), 19(1), 9-16.
  • Benitez, E. (2009). Modelling Values and Virtues: An Integrated Approach to Ethics Teaching. 7th Annual Hawaii International Conference on Arts & Humanities (HICAH 2009), Honalulu, Hawaii, USA: Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities.
  • Benitez, E. (2009). Plato's Laws on Correctness as the Standard of Art. Aesthetics (was Literature & Aesthetics), 19(1), 237-256.

2008

  • Benitez, E. (2008). Intentions, Disclaimers, and Art for Art's Sake: Plato's Laws on Art Criticism. 6th Annual Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities. Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities.
  • Lai, K., Benitez, E. (2008), Philosophy in another tongue. Radio National: The Philosopher's Zone.
  • Benitez, E. (2008). Philosophy, Translation and Transcultural Aesthetics. Skepsis, 19(1), 29-43.

2007

  • Benitez, E. (2007). Laozi as a Presocratic Philosopher. Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities (2007), Hawaii: Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities.
  • Benitez, E. (2007). Philosophy, Myth and Plato's Two-Worlds View. The European Legacy: toward new paradigms, 12(2), 225-242.
  • Benitez, E. (2007). Review - R. M. Dancy: Plato's Introduction of Forms. Ancient Philosophy, 27, 1-4.

2006

  • Benitez, E. (2006). Autonomy, Authority and Law-Abiding Ar. EN v.1-2. Phronimon: Journal of the South African Society for Greek Philosophy and the Humanities, 7(1), 1-19.
  • Benitez, E. (2006). Object-Oriented Aesthetics: The Legacy of Plato in the Philosophy of Art. Modern Greek Studies (Australia and New Zealand), 13, 39-50.
  • Benitez, E. (2006). The Iconography of a Virtue: Plato and Confucius on Courage. 4th Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities (2006), Honolulu: Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities.
  • Benitez, E. (2006). The Sun and the Good. UNSPECIFIED.

2005

  • Benitez, E. (2005). Artistic Beauty and Artistic Production. In Li, R and Song, L (Eds.), Beauty and the way of Modern Life, (pp. 199-209). Wuhan PRC (China): Wuhan University Press.
  • Benitez, E. (2005). Criminal Love: justice and piety. UNSPECIFIED.
  • Benitez, E. (2005). Tolstoy and the Communication of Aesthetic Feeling. Aesthetics (was Literature & Aesthetics), 15(2), 167-176.
  • Benitez, E. (2005). Transculturality, Art and Aesthetic Principles. Aesthetics (was Literature & Aesthetics), 15(1), 42-56.

2004

  • Benitez, E. (2004). Ancient Ethics. Bryn Mawr Classical Review, 54(2), 430-432.
  • Benitez, E. (2004). On Literal Translation: Robert Browning And The Agamemnon. Philosophy and Literature, 28(2), 259-268.
  • Benitez, E. (2004). Parrhesia, Ekmarturia and The Cassandra Dialogue in Aeschylus' Agamemnon. Modern Greek Studies (Australia and New Zealand), 12, 334-346.
  • Benitez, E. (2004). Review - Bermudez, Jose Luis and Gardner, Sebastian: Art and Morality. Aesthetics (was Literature & Aesthetics), 14, 104-107.

2003

  • Benitez, E. (2003). Kafe Mache. UNSPECIFIED.
  • Benitez, E. (2003). Review - Marchianò, Grazia: Aesthetics and Chaos. Aesthetics (was Literature & Aesthetics), 12, 99-101.
  • Benitez, E. (2003). The Aesthetics of Piety in Plato and Confucius. International Yearbook of Aesthetics, 7, 66-75.

2002

  • Benitez, E. (2002). Review - Fynsk, Christopher: The Death of the Infant. Canadian Review of Comparative Literature, 29(4), 625-629.
  • Benitez, E. (2002). Review - Lorand, Ruth: Aesthetic Order. Aesthetics (was Literature & Aesthetics), 12, 148-152.
  • Benitez, E. (2002), The Death of Agamemnon: Sydney Society of Literature and Aesthetics.

2001

  • Benitez, E. (2001). Kant, Pessoa, Plato: Three Approaches to Transculturality. In G. Marchianò and R. Milani, eds (Eds.), Frontiers of Transculturality in Contemporary Aesthetics, (pp. 35-50). Turin, Italy: Trauben edizione.

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