The Argument of the Action: Essays on Greek Poetry and Philosophy / Edition 2

Hardcover (Print)
Used and New from Other Sellers
Used and New from Other Sellers
from $104.99
Usually ships in 1-2 business days
Other sellers (Hardcover)
  • All (6) from $104.99   
  • New (2) from $281.99   
  • Used (4) from $104.99   
Sort by
Page 1 of 1
Showing All
Note: Marketplace items are not eligible for any coupons and promotions
Seller since 2008

Feedback rating:



New — never opened or used in original packaging.

Like New — packaging may have been opened. A "Like New" item is suitable to give as a gift.

Very Good — may have minor signs of wear on packaging but item works perfectly and has no damage.

Good — item is in good condition but packaging may have signs of shelf wear/aging or torn packaging. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Acceptable — item is in working order but may show signs of wear such as scratches or torn packaging. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Used — An item that has been opened and may show signs of wear. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Refurbished — A used item that has been renewed or updated and verified to be in proper working condition. Not necessarily completed by the original manufacturer.


Ships from: Chicago, IL

Usually ships in 1-2 business days

  • Standard, 48 States
  • Standard (AK, HI)
Seller since 2015

Feedback rating:


Condition: New
2000 Hardcover New 0226042510. Flawless copy, brand new, pristine, never opened--456 pages.

Ships from: Liberty, NY

Usually ships in 1-2 business days

  • Canadian
  • International
  • Standard, 48 States
  • Standard (AK, HI)
  • Express, 48 States
  • Express (AK, HI)
Page 1 of 1
Showing All
Sort by


This volume brings together Seth Benardete's studies of Hesiod's Theogony, Homer's Iliad, and Greek tragedy, of eleven Platonic dialogues, and Aristotle's Metaphysics. These essays, some never before published, others difficult to find, span four decades of his work and document its impressive range. Benardete's philosophic reading of the poets and his poetic reading of the philosophers share a common ground that makes this collection a whole. The key, suggested by his reflections on Leo Strauss in the last piece, lies in the question of how to read Plato. Benardete's way is characterized not just by careful attention to the literary form that separates doctrine from dialogue, and speeches from deed; rather, by following the dynamic of these differences, he uncovers the argument that belongs to the dialogue as a whole. The "turnaround" such an argument undergoes bears consequences for understanding the dialogue as radical as the conversion of the philosopher in Plato's image of the cave.

Benardete's original interpretations are the fruits of this discovery of the "argument of the action."

Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
This collection of essays by Benardete (classics, New York Univ.) brings together 20 unpublished or difficult-to-find works covering a period of approximately four decades. Subjects addressed include The Iliad, Greek tragedy, several Platonic dialogs ("Timaeus," "Lysis," "Symposium," "Phaedo," and others) and Aristotle's Metaphysics. The introduction discusses Benardete's approach to his work and the manner in which he carries out his analyses and is a useful preparatory to the essays. For those who have extensive backgrounds in Greek classics or philosophy, these essays will be of considerable interest and value. They are not, however, intended for newcomers to these fields of study, as the detail and depth of the analyses are quite extensive. Benardete is an exceptional writer; his prose is clear, and the structure of his discussion is always evident. This collection should be a welcome addition to academic libraries supporting upper undergraduate or graduate studies in classics or philosophy, particularly since several of the essays have never before appeared in print.--Terry C. Skeats, Bishop's Univ. Lib., Lennoxville, Quebec Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.\
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780226042510
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press
  • Publication date: 8/28/2000
  • Edition description: 1
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 456
  • Product dimensions: 6.27 (w) x 9.24 (h) x 1.21 (d)

Meet the Author

Seth Benardete (1930–2001) was professor of classics at New York University. He is the author of Plato’s Laws: The Discovery of Being, and translated Aeschylus’ The Persians and The Suppliant Maidens, all published by The University of Chicago Press.

Read More Show Less

Table of Contents

1. The First Crisis in First Philosophy
2. Achilles and the Iliad
3. The Aristeia of Diomedes and the Plot of the Iliad
4. The Furies of Aeschylus
5. Sophocles' Oedipus Tyrannus
6. Euripides' Hippolytus
7. On Greek Tragedy
8. Physics and Tragedy: On Plato's Cratylus
9. On Plato's Symposium
10. Protagoras's Myth and Logos
11. On Plato's Lysis
12. On Interpreting Plato's Charmides
13. Plato's Laches: A Question of Definition
14. On Plato's Phaedo
15. Plato's Theaetetus: On the Way of the Logos
16. On Plato's Sophist
17. The Plan of Plato's Statesman
18. On the Timaeus
19. On Wisdom and Philosophy: The First Two Chapters of Aristotle's Metaphysics A
20. Strauss on Plato
Selected Works by Seth Benardete
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star


4 Star


3 Star


2 Star


1 Star


Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation


  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)