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Cratylus of Plato: A Commentary (Francesco Ademollo) Hardcover Book, (Cambridge University Press, 2011) 9780521763479
Cratylus of Plato: A Commentary (Francesco Ademollo) Hardcover Book, (Cambridge University Press, 2011) 9780521763479
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Title: Cratylus of Plato: A Commentary

Author: Ademollo, Francesco

Publisher: Cambridge University Press; Publication Date: 2011

Hardcover; ISBN: 9780521763479

Volumes: 1; Pages: 558

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The Cratylus, one of Plato's most difficult and intriguing dialogues, explores the relations between a name and the thing it names. The questions that arise lead the characters to face a number of major issues: truth and falsehood, relativism, the possibility of a perfect language, the relation between the investigation of names and that of reality, the Heraclitean flux theory and the Theory of Forms. This is the first full-scale commentary on the Cratylus and offers a definitive interpretation of the dialogue. It contains translations of the passages discussed and a line-by-line analysis which deals with textual matters and unravels Plato's dense and subtle arguments, reaching a novel interpretation of some of the dialogue's main themes as well as of many individual passages. The book is intended primarily for graduate students and scholars, both philosophers and classicists, but presupposes no previous acquaintance with the subject and is accessible to undergraduates.

Contents

Introduction



1. Cratylus' naturalism (383a?384c)

2. Hermogenes' conventionalism (383a?384c)

3. Naturalism defended (386e?390e)

4. Naturalism unfolded (390e?394e)

5. Naturalism illustrated: the etymologies of 'secondary' names (394e?421c)

6. Naturalism illustrated: the primary names (421c?427c)

7. Naturalism discussed (427e?433c)

8. Naturalism refuted and conventionalism defended (433b?439b)

9. Flux and forms (439b?440e)

Appendix 1. The text of 437d10?438b8

Appendix 2. Some interpolations and non-mechanical errors

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