“This is worth a life…”1The Irish linguist and translator, Stephen McKenna (1872–1934), wrote this in his diary on his 38th birthday before commencing his translation of Plotinus' Enneads.
John Benton was born in Toronto (b. 1951). His formative years as a professional focused on the importance of language began with employment in both print and broadcast media (1970-1973). He obtained a BA in English Literature (1977), and an actor's apprenticeship with Canada’s Stratford Festival (1980).
Since then, Benton's life in philosophy and teaching Humanities has been influenced by Bernard Lonergan's (b. 1904, d. 1984) leading ideas in generalized empirical method, functional collaboration, and economics. Along the way, he acquired a BEd/OTC (1992), HSp English (1997) and MA (2003), and taught English, Dramatic Arts and Philosophy from 1992 to 2012.
Mentored by Philip McShane (b. 1932, d. 2020), Benton introduced a principle of integration into the broad field of language studies (Shaping the Future of Language Studies, 2008). Upon his retirement from public education, he collaborated with Terrance Quinn to found Bent On Futurology, a website platform from which to introduce young scholars and scientists to foundations for future global stewardship, with a new standard model for the world's economy (Economics Actually - Today and Tomorrow, Sustainable and Inclusive, 2019), and the academy, (Journeyism - A Handbook for Future Academics, 2022).
Benton engages in international outreach to graduate university students.
June 1, 2022
Vermont College, Norwich University, Montpelier, Vermont, 2003. Philosophy of Language
University of Toronto, Ontario, 1997. English
Brock University, Ontario, 1992. Ontario Teacher's Certificate
York University, Ontario, 1977. English
- Secondary Teacher (English, Dramatic Arts, Philosophy), Bluewater District School Board, Owen Sound, Ontario
- Announcer, Bayshore Broadcasting, Owen Sound, Ontario
- Actor (Stage & Film), Stratford & Toronto, Ontario
- Announcer, Niagara District Broadcasting, St. Catharines, Ontario
- Apprentice, Promotions & Creative Services, Telegram Corporation (Baton Broadcasting), Toronto, Ontario