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Philebus

Author: Plato.; Robin Waterfield
Publisher: Harmondsworth, Middlesex, England ; New York, N.Y. : Penguin Books, 1982.
Series: Penguin classics.
Edition/Format:   Book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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In The Tragedy and Comedy of Life, Seth Benardete focuses on the idea of the good in what is widely regarded as one of Plato's most challenging and complex dialogues, the Philebus. Traditionally the Philebus is interpreted as affirming the 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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Early works
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Plato.
Philebus.
Harmondsworth, Middlesex, England ; New York, N.Y. : Penguin Books, 1982
(OCoLC)560719993
Named Person: Plato
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Plato.; Robin Waterfield
ISBN: 0140443959 9780140443950
OCLC Number: 9861671
Language Note: Translation of: Philebus.
Description: 150 p. : ill. ; 19 cm.
Series Title: Penguin classics.
Other Titles: Philebus.
Responsibility: Plato ; translated, with an introduction by Robin A.H. Waterfield.

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In The Tragedy and Comedy of Life, Seth Benardete focuses on the idea of the good in what is widely regarded as one of Plato's most challenging and complex dialogues, the Philebus. Traditionally the Philebus is interpreted as affirming the 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. Benardete combines a probing and challenging commentary that subtly mirrors and illumines the complexities of this 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.

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