The Eccentic Core: the Thought of Seth Benardete

The Eccentic Core: the Thought of Seth Benardete, Edited by Ronna Burger and Patrick Goodin. South Bend: St. Augustine’s Press, forthcoming 2016.

This forthcoming volume includes reprints of many of the pieces listed on this website, along with other reviews and essays on or inspired by Benardete’s work.

The title of this volume comes from Seth Benardete’s statement, “Political philosophy is the eccentric core of philosophy” (“Leo Strauss’ The City and Man”). In a 1973 memorial speech for Strauss, Benardete writes: “Averroism saw the political-theological issue as the philosophical issue, since the problem of the human good is grounded in the city, and the problem of being in god. Political philosophy was therefore the eccentric core of philosophy, and the problem of Socrates the problem of philosophy itself” (The Archaeology of the Soul, 375).

Table of Contents

1.   Harvey Mansfield, “Seth Benardete, 1930-2001”
2.   Ronna Burger, “Definitional Law in the Bible”
3.   Laurence Lampert, “Extending the History of Philosophy Back to Homer: Seth Benardete’s Odyssey”   
4.   John Blanchard, “Parmenides’ Truth”
5.   Olivia Delgado de Torres, “Parmenides: The Envelope of Socrates’ Second Sailing”
6.   Heinrich Meier, Preface to Seth Benardete, “Socrates and Plato: The Dialectics of Eros”
7.   Ronna Burger, “The Thumotic and the Erotic Soul: Seth Benardete on Platonic Psychology”
8.   Michael Davis, “Seth Benardete’s Second Sailing: On the Spirit of Ideas”
9.   Robert Berman, “The Socratic Principle and the Problem of Punishment”
10. Patrick Goodin, “Aristotle and the Politics of Slavery”
11. Richard Velkley, “Being and Politics: Seth Benardete on Aristotle’s Metaphysics”
12.  Richard Velkley, “Prelude to First Philosophy: Seth Benardete on De Anima
13. Holly Haynes, “Empire as Wasteland, or Seth Benardete with Ronald Syme”
14.  Steven Berg, Review of Achilles and Hector: The Homeric Hero
15. Bryan Warnick, Review of Achilles and Hector: The Homeric Hero
16.  Michael Davis, “On the Being of The Being of the Beautiful
17.  Stanley Rosen, Review of The Being of the Beautiful:  Plato’s Theaetetus, Sophist, and Statesman
18. Will Morrisey, “Thirty-nine Reasons for Reading Benardete on the Republic, Review Essay on Socrates’ Second Sailing
19.  Arlene Saxonhouse, Review of Socrates’ Second Sailing: on Plato’s Republic
20.  Abraham Anderson, Review of The Rhetoric of Morality and Philosophy
21. Martin Sitte, Review of The Bow and the Lyre
22.  Steven Berg, Review of The Argument of the Action
23.  Edward Rothstein, Review of The Argument of the Action
24. Mark Blitz, Review of Encounters and Reflections
25.  Vincent Renzi, Review of Encounters and Reflections
26.  Steven Berg, Review of The Archaeology of the Soul
27.  Svetozar Minkov, Review of The Archaeology of the Soul
28. Seth Benardete, “The Bed and the Table”
29.  Seth Benardete, “Two Paradigms”
30. Seth Benardete, “Herodotus’ Understanding of Barbaros”
Selected Works by Seth Benardete