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Argument of the Action Essays on Greek Poetry and Philosophy

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ISBN-10: 0226042510

ISBN-13: 9780226042510

Edition: 2000

Authors: Seth Benardete, Ronna Burger, Michael Davis

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This volume brings together Seth Benardete's studies of Hesiod's Theogony, Homer's Iliad, and Greek tragedy, of eleven Platonic dialogues, and Aristotle's Metaphysics. These essays, some never before published, others difficult to find, span four decades of his work and document its impressive range. Benardete's philosophic reading of the poets and his poetic reading of the philosophers share a common ground that makes this collection a whole. The key, suggested by his reflections on Leo Strauss in the last piece, lies in the question of how to read Plato. Benardete's way is characterized not just by careful attention to the literary form that separates doctrine from dialogue, and speeches from deed; rather, by following the dynamic of these differences, he uncovers the argument that belongs to the dialogue as a whole. The "turnaround" such an argument undergoes bears consequences for understanding the dialogue as radical as the conversion of the philosopher in Plato's image of the cave. Benardete's original interpretations are the fruits of this discovery of the "argument of the action."
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Book details

List price: $60.00
Copyright year: 2000
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 8/15/2000
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 456
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.540
Language: English

Preface
Introduction
The First Crisis in First Philosophy
Achilles and theIliad
TheAristeiaof Diomedes and the Plot of theIliad
The Furies of Aeschylus
Sophocles'Oedipus Tyrannus
Euripides'Hippolytus
On Greek Tragedy
Physics and Tragedy: On Plato'sCratylus
On Plato'sSymposium
Protagoras's Myth and Logos
On Plato'sLysis
On Interpreting Plato'sCharmides
Plato'sLaches: A Question of Definition
On Plato'sPhaedo
Plato'sTheaetetus: On the Way of the Logos
On Plato'sSophist
The Plan of Plato'sStatesman
On theTimaeus
On Wisdom and Philosophy: The First Two Chapters of Aristotle'sMetaphysics A
Strauss on Plato Selected Works
Index