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The bow and the lyre : a Platonic reading of the Odyssey

Author: Seth Benardete
Publisher: Lanham, Md. : Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, ©1997.
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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  Read more...
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Benardete, Seth.
Bow and the lyre.
Lanham, Md. : Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, c1997
(OCoLC)646989975
Named Person: Homer.; Plato.; Homère.; Platon.
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Seth Benardete
ISBN: 0847683672 9780847683673
OCLC Number: 35084585
Description: xiv, 177 p. ; 24 cm.
Contents: ch. 1. Beginnings --
ch. 2. Pattern and will --
ch. 3. Odysseus's choice --
ch. 4. Among the Phaeacians --
ch. 5. Odysseus's own story --
ch. 6. Odysseus's lies --
ch. 7. Nonfated things --
ch. 8. Suitors and the city --
ch. 9. Recognitions.
Responsibility: Seth Benardete.

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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.

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