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The Tragedy and Comedy of Life : Plato's Philebus (Paperback)

Author: Plato

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In "The Tragedy and Comedy of Life, " Seth Benardete focuses on the idea of the good in what is widely regarded as one of Plato''s most challenging and complex dialogues, the "Philebus." Traditionally the "Philebus" is interpreted as affirming the doctrine that the good resides in thought and mind rather than in pleasure or the body. Benardete challenges this view, arguing that Socrates vindicates the life of the mind over the life of pleasure not by separating the two and advocating a strict asceticism, but by mixing pleasure and pain with mind in such a way that the philosophic life emerges as the only possible human life. Benardete combines a probing and challenging commentary that subtly mirrors and illuminates the complexities of this dialogue with the finest English translation of the "Philebus" yet available. The result is a work that will be of great value to classicists, philosophers, and political theorists alike.

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Publisher Univ of Chicago Pr
Mfg Part# 9780226042763
SKU 209924544
Format Paperback
ISBN10 0226042766
Release Date 3/1/2009
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Book Format Paperback
Number of Pages 0250
Publisher University of Chicago Press
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