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Herodotean Inquiries

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Herodotus' Inquiries should be regarded as our best and most complete document for pre-Socratic philosophy. Without being a work of philosophy, its plan and intention cannot be understood apart from philosophy. Here an attempt is made to uncover Herodotus' plan and intention and to link them with their philosophic roots. This attempt requires that Herodotus' way of telling ...more
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published by St. Augustine's Press
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Thomas
May 09, 2016 Thomas rated it really liked it
Shelves: history, lit-crit
Benardete begins with the assumption that Herodotus wrote with a purpose in mind and that there are no extraneous details in his "Inquiries." This might sound obvious, but it is extremely difficult at times to see how this is true, and many scholars and critics treat the ethnographic and geographic parts of the work as if they were not fundamentally integral to the work as a whole. Benardete's holistic approach invests the whole of the Histories with a philosophical gravity that transcends the ...more
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Gerard Williams: Herodotus' Inquiries should be regarded as our best and most complete document for pre-Socratic philosophy. Without being a work of philosophy, its plan and intention cannot be understood apart from philosophy. Here an attempt is made to uncover Herodotus' plan and intention and to link them with their philosophic roots. This attempt requires that Herodotus' way of telling a story be examined, for Herodotus primarily reveals himself in the stories themselves and not in the moral ...more
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