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The Argument of the Action: Essays on Greek Poetry and Philosophy
by Seth Benardete
edited by Ronna Burger and Michael Davis
introduction by Ronna Burger and Michael Davis
University of Chicago Press, 2000
eISBN: 978-0-226-83103-9 | Paper: 978-0-226-82643-1 | Cloth: 978-0-226-04251-0
Library of Congress Classification PA3061.B46 2000
Dewey Decimal Classification 880.9001


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.”

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