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Encounters and Reflections: Conversations with Seth Benardete

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By turns wickedly funny and profoundly illuminating, Encounters and Reflections presents a captivating and unconventional portrait of the life and works of Seth Benardete. One of the leading scholars of ancient thought, Benardete here reflects on both the people he knew and the topics that fascinated him throughout his career in a series of candid, freewheeling conversatio ...more
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published February 15th 2003 by University Of Chicago Press
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I have no idea how or why this book was published, but I am really glad it was. This definitely feels like a book that fell through the cracks or was done as a favor to somebody, because its audience is so narrow. I doubt they sold more than 500 copies.

That said, this book is awesome. It's a fascinating (and often hilarious) look at a generation of scholars and their teachers. If you're interested in what academia looked like in the 1950s, the first half of this book is riveting. I can't imagine
William Herbst
Seth Benardete was a teacher of mine for several years at NYU. He was quite unique and had some amazing stories, anecdotes, and insights into ancient texts. I am a classicist rather than a philosopher so I find some of his argumentation a challenge and there are passages in the second half of this book I struggle to follow. The dialogue format helps me understand the thread of his arguments better in this book than in his others (it also recalls Plato nicely).
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