Brandeis, New York University, and the New School 1960–2001

in Encounters & Reflections

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print February 2003 | ISBN: 9780226042787
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226042770 | DOI:
Brandeis, New York University, and the New School 1960–2001

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This chapter is a conversation among three students—Michael, Ronna, and Robert—and their professor Seth Benardete at the University of Chicago. Benardete describes his experience at Brandeis, New York University (NYU), and the New School from 1960 to 1964. He reflects on attending a Ph.D. oral defense with Herbert Marcuse and Peter Diamandopoulos. Benardete also had a chance to meet Eric Havelock, and describes his encounter with Aron Gurwitsch, Hannah Arendt, and Jacob Taubes at the New School. There was one occasion, while giving a course on Greek tragedy at NYU, when he had to call the police because he was being troubled by a man who would ask some questions—which were very difficult to answer—toward the end of each class. Despite Benardete's warnings, the man used to follow him to each class and trouble him with unnecessary questions. Benardete had to call the campus police, who in turn called the New York City police.

Keywords: Brandeis; New York University; New School; Aron Gurwitsch; Jacob Taubes; Dwight McDonald; Greek tragedy

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Subjects: History of Western Philosophy

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