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The Argument of the Action

Essays on Greek Poetry and Philosophy

Edited and With an Introduction by Ronna Burger and Michael Davis

This volume brings together Seth Benardete’s studies of Hesiod, Homer, and Greek tragedy, eleven Platonic dialogues, and Aristotle’s Metaphysics.

The Argument of the Action spans four decades of Seth Benardete’s work, documenting its impressive range. Benardete’s philosophic reading of the poets and his poetic reading of the philosophers share a common ground, guided by the key he found in the Platonic dialogue: probing the meaning of speeches embedded in deeds, he uncovers the unifying intention of the work by tracing the way it unfolds through a movement of its own. Benardete’s original interpretations of the classics are the fruit of this discovery of the “argument of the action.”

456 pages | 6 x 9 | © 2000

Ancient Studies

Philosophy: History and Classic Works

Table of Contents

1. The First Crisis in First Philosophy
2. Achilles and the Iliad
3. The Aristeia of Diomedes and the Plot of the Iliad
4. The Furies of Aeschylus
5. Sophocles’ Oedipus Tyrannus
6. Euripides’ Hippolytus
7. On Greek Tragedy
8. Physics and Tragedy: On Plato’s Cratylus
9. On Plato’s Symposium
10. Protagoras’s Myth and Logos
11. On Plato’s Lysis
12. On Interpreting Plato’s Charmides
13. Plato’s Laches: A Question of Definition
14. On Plato’s Phaedo
15. Plato’s Theaetetus: On the Way of the Logos
16. On Plato’s Sophist
17. The Plan of Plato’s Statesman
18. On the Timaeus
19. On Wisdom and Philosophy: The First Two Chapters of Aristotle’s Metaphysics A
20. Strauss on Plato
Selected Works by Seth Benardete

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