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Seth Benardete



Seth Benardete was born in Brooklyn in 1930 and educated at the University of Chicago (1948-52, 1954-55), where he studied with Leo Strauss. He taught at St. John’s College in Annapolis (1955-57) and Brandeis University (1960-1965) before joining the classics department at New York University (1965-2001) and the philosophy department at the New School for Social Research (1966-2001). Publications include critical works on ancient literature and philosophy: Herodotean Inquiries (1969), The Rhetoric of Morality and Philosophy: Plato’s Gorgias and Phaedrus (1991), Plato’s Laws: The Discovery of Being (2000), The Argument of the Action (2000); and translations and commentaries on the Platonic dialogues: The Being of the Beautiful: Plato’s Theaetetus, Sophist, and Statesman (1984), and The Tragedy and Comedy of Life: Plato’s Philebus (1993). He died in 2001.

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