Encounters and Reflections: Conversations with Seth by Seth Benardete, Ronna Burger

By Seth Benardete, Ronna Burger

Through turns wickedly humorous and profoundly illuminating, Encounters and Reflections provides an enthralling and unconventional portrait of the lifestyles and works of Seth Benardete. one of many prime students of old notion, Benardete right here displays on either the folks he knew and the themes that involved him all through his occupation in a sequence of candid, freewheeling conversations with Robert Berman, Ronna Burger, and Michael Davis.
The first a part of the publication discloses vignettes approximately fellow scholars, colleagues, and friends of Benardete's who later turned significant figures within the educational and highbrow lifetime of twentieth-century the United States. We glimpse the coed days of Alan Bloom, Stanley Rosen, George Steiner, and we find the lifetime of the brain as lived via recognized students reminiscent of David Grene, Jacob Klein, and Benardete's mentor Leo Strauss. We additionally come upon a few different discovered, committed, and infrequently eccentric luminaries, together with T.S. Eliot, James Baldwin, Werner Jaeger, John Davidson Beazley, and Willard Quine. within the book's moment half, Benardete displays on his personal highbrow progress and on his ever-evolving knowing of the texts and ideas he spent an entire life learning. Revisiting a few of his recurrent themes—among them eros and the attractive, town and the legislation, and the gods and the human soul—Benardete stocks his perspectives on thinkers corresponding to Plato, Homer, and Heidegger, in addition to the family members among philosophy and technology and among Christianity and old Roman thought.

Engaging and informative, Encounters and Reflections brings Benardete's inspiration to lifestyles to enlighten and encourage a brand new new release of thinkers.

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Colorado’s aunt was coming, and they were supposed to get her a hotel room. It turned out that this was the number-one brothel in Prague. Ronna: And they didn’t know? Seth: They had no idea. Actually, something like that happened to me once, when I was traveling around Italy. I came to Padua, and I didn’t know where to stay. ” I had my map and I marched over to it. I noticed something odd. It was about 11:00 in the morning, and there were men leaning against the wall at various points, not saying anything, so I rang the bell, but there wasn’t any answer.

Lawrence. If you knew those books, then you knew David Grene. Somehow he was constituted by them. Then it occurred to me that it’s also true of Blanckenhagen. He was constituted on the one hand by Proust, on the other, by Goethe’s account of Winckelmann. Robert: That fits with his story of himself as a young boy. Seth: Right. I was thinking of Proust’s description in “Sodom and Gomorrah” of a homosexual society, based on Baron Charlus. When you read it, if you knew Blanckenhagen, it looks like a perfect match.

So when the two of them got together it was absolute chaos. Did I tell you the Bloom story about Einarson? Bloom once came in to talk to Einarson and sat down on a chair. When the conversation was finished, he got up, and as he got up his pants ripped from the top to bottom. He looked back at the chair and there were these huge spikes sticking out of it, going up the chair. ” D AV I D G R E N E Michael: Were there other teachers you admired on the Committee? 25 He was devoted to death, as a topic of his being.

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