Encounters and Reflections: Conversations with Seth by Seth Benardete,Ronna Burger

By Seth Benardete,Ronna Burger

By turns wickedly humorous and profoundly illuminating, Encounters and Reflections provides an enthralling and unconventional portrait of the existence and works of Seth Benardete. one of many top students of old idea, Benardete the following displays on either the folk he knew and the themes that involved him all through his occupation in a sequence of candid, freewheeling conversations with Robert Berman, Ronna Burger, and Michael Davis.

The first a part of the ebook discloses vignettes approximately fellow scholars, colleagues, and buddies of Benardete's who later grew to become significant figures within the educational and highbrow lifetime of twentieth-century the United States. We glimpse the coed days of Allan Bloom, Stanley Rosen, George Steiner, and we find the lifetime of the brain as lived through recognized students corresponding to David Grene, Jacob Klein, and Benardete's mentor Leo Strauss. We additionally come across a couple of different discovered, dedicated, and infrequently eccentric luminaries, together with T.S. Eliot, James Baldwin, Werner Jaeger, John Davidson Beazley, and Willard Quine. within the book's moment half, Benardete displays on his personal highbrow development and on his ever-evolving knowing of the texts and concepts he spent a life-time learning. Revisiting a few of his recurrent themes—among them eros and the attractive, the town and the legislation, and the gods and the human soul—Benardete stocks his perspectives on thinkers comparable to Plato, Homer, and Heidegger, in addition to the relatives among philosophy and technological know-how and among Christianity and old Roman thought.

Engaging and informative, Encounters and Reflections brings Benardete's inspiration to existence to enlighten and encourage a brand new iteration of thinkers.

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