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Guide to the Seth Benardete lecture audio recordings, 1982-2001

Collection Overview

Repository

New School Collections

Collection Identifier

NA.0015.01

Creator - Teacher

Benardete, Seth, 1931-2001

Title

Seth Benardete lecture audio recordings, 1982-2001

Extent

29.8 gb: 1016 files

Preferred Citation note

[Identification of item], [date (if known)], [name of collection], [collection number], box __, folder __, New School Archives, The New School, New York, New York.

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Biographical Note

Seth Benardete was born in Brooklyn on April 4, 1930. His intellectually formative years were spent at the University of Chicago (1948–55), where he studied with Leo Strauss. From Chicago, Benardete pursued his studies abroad, spending one year at the American School in Athens (1952–53), and the following year on a Ford Foundation fellowship in Florence (1953–54), where he wrote his dissertation on the Iliad. His first teaching position was as a tutor in the Great Books program at St. John’s College in Annapolis, Maryland (1955–57). During this period he contributed translations of Aeschylus’  The Suppliant Maidens and  The Persians to the Chicago University Press’s series of  The Complete Greek Tragedies, edited by David Grene and Richmond Lattimore. Invited to join the Society of Junior Fellows, Benardete went on to Harvard (1957-60), where he wrote his first book,  Herodotean Inquiries, as well as his influential essay on Sophocles’  Oedipus. After several years of teaching at Brandeis University, Benardete returned to New York City in 1965, where he joined the Classics department at New York University and began a series of philosophy courses at the New School Graduate Faculty for Political and Social Science that continued for the duration of his career.

At NYU, Benardete taught the complete range of Greek and Latin poetry, history and philosophy. At the New School, his lectures included the pre-Socratic thinkers and Aristotle, while covering almost the entire corpus of Platonic dialogues.

From 1978-1988, Benardete taught beginning Greek and advanced (graduate-level) Greek and Latin at the Latin/Greek Institute of the City University of New York Graduate Center and Brooklyn College.

Benardete’s later publications include: The Bow and the Lyre: A Platonic Reading of the Odyssey,  The Rhetoric of Morality and Philosophy: Plato’s Gorgias and Phaedrus, and  Socrates’ Second Sailing: On Plato’s Republic; and translations, with commentary, of Plato’s  Theaetetus,  Sophist,  Statesman,  Philebus and  Symposium, and of Aristotle’s  On Poetics, with Michael Davis. His essays have been collected in  The Argument of the Action and the forthcoming volume,  The Archaeology of the Soul.

Benardete’s research was supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Earhart Foundation and the Carl Friedrich von Siemens Stiftung in Munich. He received an honorary degree from Adelphi University.

Seth Benardete died in New York City on November 14, 2001.

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Source: Seth Benardete papers collection guide, prepared by Susan Johnson and the Benardete Archive, Inc.

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Scope and Content of Collection

The Seth Benardete lecture audio recordings collection consists of audio files of lectures given by the classics scholar and philosopher in his classes at the New School and New York University. There are no recordings from Benardete's City University of New York lectures present in this collection.

The lectures represent Benardete's courses on classical philosophy on subjects such as the works of Plato and Aristotle, among others.

Each entry in the finding aid represents a series of cassette tape recordings covering the semester-long duration of that course. Unless otherwise indicated, the entry titles reflect the official course names and numbers as listed in the New School Graduate Faculty Bulletin.

The recordings were made by Benardete's students, David Blankensip, Bernard Jacobs, Richard Hartzman, and Kamyar Faroohar on cassette recorder.

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Organization and Arrangement

Arranged chronologically in a single series according to course year.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

New School Collections - December 5, 2017

66 Fifth Avenue
lobby
New York, NY, 10011
212.229.5942
archivist@newschool.edu

Preferred Citation note

[Identification of item], [date (if known)], [name of collection], [collection number], box __, folder __, New School Archives, The New School, New York, New York.

Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research use. Researchers must use digital access copies.

Use Restrictions

To publish audio samples from this collection, permission must be obtained in writing from The New School Archives and Special Collections. Please contact: archivist@newschool.edu.

Custodial History note

The recordings were originally made on audio cassette by J. David Blankenship, Bernard Jacob, Kamyar Foroohar, and Richard Hartzman. They were donated to Benardete Archive, Inc., where they were assembled and digitized by Michael Davis.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The digital audio recordings were transferred to the New School Archives and Special Collections by the Benardete Archive, Inc.

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Related Materials

Researchers interested in Seth Benardete's work may consult the Seth Benadete papers (NA.0005.01) and the Seth Benardete memorial recording (NA.0005.02), both held by The New School Archives.

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Keywords for Searching Related Subjects

Genre(s)

  • Audiocassettes.
  • Lectures.

Subject(s)

  • Philosophy -- Study and teaching.

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Other Finding Aids note

For the Seth Benardete lecture audio files, see The New School Archives Digital Collections at http://digitalarchives.library.newschool.edu/index.php/Detail/collections/NA0015

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Collection Inventory

Philosophy 211. Plato's Timaeus (Fall 1981) 
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Course held at the New School for Social Research on Mondays, 8:00-9:40pm.

Plato's Laws (Spring 1982) 
Link to the digital audio:  

Course held at the New School for Social Research.

Philosophy 203. Logos and  Physis in Aristotle (Fall 1982) 
Link to the digital audio:  

Course held at the New School for Social Research.

Philosophy 235. Plato's Republic, Part I (Fall 1982) 
Link to the digital audio:  

Course held at the New School for Social Research on Mondays, 8:00-9:40pm.

Philosophy 236. Plato's Republic, Part II (Spring 1983) 
Link to the digital audio:  

Course held at the New School for Social Research on Wednesdays, 8:00-9:40pm.

Philosophy 221. Aristotle's Metaphysics I (Spring 1984) 
Link to the digital audio:  

Course held at the New School for Social Research on Wednesdays, 8:00pm to 9:0pm.

Philosophy GH206. Plato's Gorgias (Fall 1986) 
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Course held at the New School for Social Research.

Philosophy GH209. Plato's Protagoras (Fall 1987) 
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Course held at the New School for Social Research.

Philosophy GH231. Plato's Philebus (core) (Fall 1988) 
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Course held at the New School for Social Research.

Philosophy GH286. Plato's Parmenides (core) (Fall 1989) 
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Course held at the New School for Social Research.

Philosophy GH276. Plato and Thucydides: Plato's Menexenus and  Laches (Fall 1990) 
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Course held at the New School for Social Research.

Philosophy GH276. Plato's Laches (core) (Fall 1990) 
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Course held at the New School for Social Research.

Philosophy GH247. Plato's Sophist (core) (Fall 1991) 
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Course held at the New School for Social Research.

PHIL293. Plato's Lysis (core) (Fall 1993) 
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Course held at the New School for Social Research.

PHIL206. Aristotle's De Anima (Spring 1993) 
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Course held at the New School for Social Research.

PHIL260. Plato's Theatetus (Spring 1995) 
Link to the digital audio:  

Course held at the New School for Social Research.

PHIL298. Plato's Laws, Part Two (Spring 1997) 
Link to the digital audio:  

Course held at the New School for Social Research.

Plato's Laws III (Fall 1997) 
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Course held at the New School for Social Research. This is not the official course name, as it could not be located in the Graduate Faculty Bulletin.

PHIL265. Heraclitus (Spring 1998) 
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Course held at the New School for Social Research.

Herodotus (Fall 1999) 
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Course held at NYU. This is not the official course name, as it could not be located in NYU course catalogs.

PHIL229. Plato's Timaeus (Spring 1999) 
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Course held at the New School for Social Research.

Philoctetes (Fall 2000) 
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Course held at NYU. This is not the official course name, as it could not be located in NYU course catalogs.

PHIL201. Parmenides (Spring 2000) 
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Course held at the New School for Social Research.

PHIL286. Plato's Parmenides (Spring 2001) 
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Course held at the New School for Social Research.

Collection Guide Last Updated: 01/02/2018

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