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Benardete, Seth

Works: 61 works in 265 publications in 4 languages and 8,713 library holdings
Genres: Drama  History  Interviews  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Dictionaries  Conference proceedings 
Roles: Author, Translator, Editor, Author of introduction
Classifications: PA3827, 184
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Most widely held works by Seth Benardete
The being of the beautiful Plato's Theaetetus, Sophist, and Statesman by Plato( )

18 editions published between 1984 and 2008 in English and held by 1,535 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Being of the Beautiful collects Plato's three dialogues, the Theaetetus, Sophist, and Statesmen, in which Socrates formulates his conception of philosophy while preparing for trial. Renowned classicist Seth Benardete's careful translations clearly illuminate the dramatic and philosophical unity of these dialogues and highlight Plato's subtle interplay of language and structure. Extensive notes and commentaries, furthermore, underscore the trilogy's motifs and relationships. "The translations are masterpieces of literalness. ... They are honest, accurate, and give the reader a wonderful s
The rhetoric of morality and philosophy : Plato's Gorgias and Phaedrus by Seth Benardete( Book )

10 editions published between 1991 and 2009 in English and held by 642 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Following his discussion of the Gorgias as a dialogue about the rhetoric of morality, Benardete turns to the Phaedrus as a discourse about genuine rhetoric, namely the science of eros, or true philosophy. This novel interpretation addresses numerous issues in Plato studies: the relation between the structure of the Gorgias and the image of soul/city in the Republic, the relation between the structure of Phaedrus and the concept of eros, and Socrates' notion of ignorance, among others."--pub. desc
Larousse Greek and Roman mythology by Joël Schmidt( Book )

3 editions published between 1965 and 1980 in English and held by 614 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Leo Strauss on Plato's Symposium by Leo Strauss( Book )

6 editions published between 2001 and 2003 in English and held by 588 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The first major piece of unpublished work by Leo Strauss to appear in more than thirty years, Leo Strauss On Plato's "Symposium" offers the public the unprecedented experience of encountering this renowned scholar as his students did. Given as a course in autumn 1959 under the title "Plato's Political Philosophy," at the University of Chicago, these transcripts previously had circulated in samizdat fashion, passed down from one generation of students to the next. They show Strauss at his best, in his subtle and sometimes indirect style of analysis, which has attracted almost as much commentary as has the content of his thought. Strauss presents a coherent and complete interpretation of the Symposium, proceeding by a meticulous reading from beginning to end. Operating on the once common hypothesis that commentary is an excellent method of expounding the truth, Strauss sheds light not only on the meaning of the dialogue and its place in the Platonic corpus, but also on a host of important topics, including the nature of eros and its place in the overall economy of human life; the perennial quarrel between poetry and philosophy, and the relation of both to piety, politics, and morality; the character of Socrates and the questions of his trial; and many other matters. As provocative as they were a half century ago, these important lectures will be welcomed by students of classics, philosophy, politics, psychology, and political philosophy
Herodotean inquiries by Seth Benardete( Book )

25 editions published between 1969 and 2009 in English and Undetermined and held by 441 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Herodotus' Inquiries should be regarded as our best and most complete document for pre-Socratic philosophy. Without being a work of philosophy, its plan and intention cannot be understood apart from philosophy. Here an attempt is made to uncover Herodotus' plan and intention and to link them with their philosophic roots."--BOOK JACKET
The tragedy and comedy of life : Plato's Philebus by Plato( Book )

10 editions published between 1993 and 2009 in English and held by 439 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

With The Tragedy and Comedy of Life, Seth Benardete completes his examination of Plato's understanding of the beautiful, the just, and the good. Benardete first treated the beautiful in The Being of the Beautiful (1984), which dealt with the Theaetetus, Sophist, and Statesman; and he treated the just in Socrates Second Sailing (1989), which dealt with the Republic and sought to determine the just in its relation to the beautiful and the good. Benardete focuses in this volume on the good as discussed in the Philebus, which is widely regarded as one of Plato's most complex dialogues. Traditionally, the Philebus is interpreted as affirming the supposedly Platonic doctrine that the good resides in thought and mind rather than in pleasure or the body. Benardete challenges this view, arguing that Socrates vindicates the life of the mind over against the life of pleasure not by separating the two and advocating a strict asceticism, but by mixing pleasure and pain with mind in such a way that the philosophic life emerges as the only possible human life. Socrates accomplishes this by making use of two principles - the limited and the unlimited - and shows that the very possibility of philosophy requires not just the limited but also the unlimited, for the unlimited permeates the entirety of life as well as the endless perplexity of thinking itself. Benardete combines a probing and challenging commentary that subtly mirrors and illumines the complexities of this extraordinarily difficult dialogue with the finest English translation of the Philebus yet available. The result is a work that will be of great value to classicists, philosophers, and political theorists alike
The bow and the lyre : a Platonic reading of the Odyssey by Seth Benardete( Book )

12 editions published between 1997 and 2008 in English and held by 397 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this exciting new interpretation of the Odyssey, renowned scholar Seth Benardete suggests that Homer may have been the first to philosophize in a Platonic sense. He argues that the Odyssey concerns precisely the relation between philosophy and poetry and, more broadly, the rational and the irrational in human beings. In light of this possibility, Benardete works back and forth from Homer to Plato to examine the relation between wisdom and justice and tries to recover an original understanding of philosophy that Plato too recovered by reflecting on the wisdom of the poet. At stake in his argument is no less than the history of philosophy and the ancient understanding of poetry. The Bow and the Lyre is a book that every classicist and historian of philosophy should have
Plato's Symposium by Plato( Book )

3 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 366 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Counter Plato, Allan Bloom wrote, is "the most erotic of philosophers," and his Symposium is one of the greatest works on the nature of love ever written. This new edition brings together the English translation of the renowned Plato scholar and translator, Seth Benardete, with two illuminating commentaries on it: Benardete's "On Plato's Symposium" and Allan Bloom's provocative essay, "The Ladder of Love." In the Symposium, Plato recounts a drinking party following an evening meal, where the guests include the poet Aristophanes, the drunken Alcibiades, and, of course, the wise Socrates. The revelers give their views on the timeless topics of love and desire, all the while addressing many of the major themes of Platonic philosophy: the relationship of philosophy and poetry, the good, and the beautiful."
The argument of the action : essays on Greek poetry and philosophy by Seth Benardete( Book )

10 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 364 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Benardete's original interpretations are the fruits of this discovery of "the argument of the action.""--Jacket
Aeschylus by Aeschylus( Book )

8 editions published between 1956 and 2013 in English and held by 293 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An extraordinary drama of flight and rescue arising from women's resistance to marriage, The Suppliants is surprising both for its exotic color and for its forceful enactment of the primal struggle between male and female, lust and terror, brutality and cunning. In his translation of this ancient Greek drama, Peter Burian introduces a new generation of readers to a powerful work of Aeschylus' later years. He conveys the strength and daring of Aeschylus' language in the idiom of our own time, while respecting what is essentially classical in this dramatist's art: the rigor of the formal cons
On Plato's Symposium = Über Platons Symposion : Vortrag gehalten in der Carl Friedrich von Siemens Stiftung am 15. Juni 1993 by Seth Benardete( Book )

29 editions published between 1993 and 2012 in English and German and held by 268 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Sacred transgressions : a reading of Sophocles' Antigone by Seth Benardete( Book )

7 editions published between 1998 and 1999 in English and held by 230 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This commentary on the action and argument of Sophocles' Antigone is meant to be a reflection on and response to Hegel's interpretation in the Phenomenology (VI.A.a-b), and includes, in addition, two appendixes dealing with Aeschylus' Septem. It thus moves within the principles Hegel discovers in the play but reinserts them into the play as they show themselves across the eccentricities of its plot. Wherever plot and principles do not match, there is a glimmer of the argument: Haemon speaks up for the city and Tiresias for the divine law but neither for Antigone. The guard who reports the burial and presents Antigone to Creon is as important as Antigone or Creon for understanding Antigone. The Chorus too in their inconsistent thoughtfulness have to be taken into account, and in particular how their understanding of the canniness of man reveals Antigone in their very failure to count her as a sign of man's uncanniness: She who is below the horizon of their awareness is at the heart of their speech. Megareus, the older son of Creon, who sacrificed his life for the city, looms as large as Eurydice, whose suicide has nothing in common with Antigone's. She is "all-mother": Antigone is anti-generation."--BOOK JACKET
Aristotle On poetics by Aristotle( Book )

5 editions published between 2001 and 2002 in English and held by 224 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Aristotle's much-translated On Poetics is the earliest and arguably the best treatment that we possess of tragedy as a literary form. The late Seth Benardete and Michael Davis have translated it anew with a view to rendering Aristotle's text into English as precisely as possible. A literal translation has long been needed, for in order to excavate the argument of On Poetics one has to attend not simply to what is said on the surface but also to the various puzzles, questions, and peculiarities that emerge only on the level of how Aristotle says what he says and thereby leads one to revise and deepen one's initial understanding of the intent of the argument. As On Poetics is about how tragedy ought to be composed, it should not be surprising that it turns out to be a rather artful piece of literature in its own right." "Benardete and Davis supplement their edition of On Poetics with extensive notes and appendices. They explain nuances of the original that elude translation, and they provide translations of passages found elsewhere in Aristotle's works as well as in those of other ancient authors that prove useful in thinking through the argument of On Poetics both in terms of its treatment of tragedy and in terms of its broader concerns. By following the connections Aristotle plots between On Poetics and his other works, readers will be in a position to appreciate the centrality of this little book for his thought on the whole." "In an introduction that sketches the overall interpretation of On Poetics, Davis argues that, while On Poetics is certainly about tragedy, it has a further concern extending beyond poetry to the very structure of the human soul in its relation to what is, and that Aristotle reveals in the form of his argument the true character of human action."--BOOK JACKET
Plato's Theaetetus by David Bostock( Book )

8 editions published between 1984 and 1986 in English and Undetermined and held by 147 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Object was to make accessible to students of Philospy who cannot easily read the Greek test, two masterpieces of Plato's later period, concerned with questions that still hold a living interest. Dialogues may have a fresh interpretation not unwelcome
Plato's Sophist by Plato( Book )

7 editions published in 1986 in English and Undetermined and held by 136 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Achilles and Hector : the Homeric hero by Seth Benardete( Book )

8 editions published between 1955 and 2005 in English and held by 132 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Socrates and Plato : the dialectics of Eros = Sokrates und Platon : die Dialektik des Eros by Seth Benardete( Book )

11 editions published between 1999 and 2002 in 3 languages and held by 120 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Aeschylus II : the suppliant maidens ; The Persians ; Seven against Thebes ; Prometheus bound by Aeschylus( Book )

1 edition published in 1991 in English and held by 110 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Über die Liebe : ein Symposion( Book )

6 editions published between 2001 and 2010 in German and held by 88 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Archaeology of the soul : Platonic readings of ancient poetry and philosophy by Seth Benardete( Book )

6 editions published between 2010 and 2012 in English and held by 88 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Alternative Names
Benardete, S. G.

Benardete, S. G. 1930-2001

Benardete, S. G. (Seth Gabrielito)

Benardete, Seth G.

Benardete, Seth G. 1930-2001

Benardete, Seth Gabrielito 1930-2001

The rhetoric of morality and philosophy : Plato's Gorgias and PhaedrusLeo Strauss on Plato's SymposiumHerodotean inquiriesThe tragedy and comedy of life : Plato's PhilebusThe bow and the lyre : a Platonic reading of the OdysseyPlato's SymposiumThe argument of the action : essays on Greek poetry and philosophyAeschylus