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Names and Nature in Plato's Cratylus : Studies in Philosophy - Rachel Barney

Names and Nature in Plato's Cratylus

Studies in Philosophy

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Published: 9th August 2001
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This study offers a comprehensive new interpretation of one of Plato's most enigmatic and controversial dialogues, the "Cratylus," showing it to present a complex and unified argument for a positive conclusion. Throughout, the book combines analysis of Plato's arguments with attentiveness to his philosophical method, including its "dramatic" or "literary" features; in particular, Socrates' extended etymological discourse, long an interpretive puzzle, is explained in terms of the various Platonic genres to which it belongs.

"[Barney's] penetrating and sustained study of the Cratylus will be useful to any serious student of Plato or of ancient Greek language science. She concentrates on philosophical argument yet she does not overlook the literary aspects of Plato's dialogue."-Malcolm D. Hyman, Harvard University

Preface
Introduction: The Argument of the Cratylus
from Convention to Nature
Conventionalism
Subjectivism and Private Naming
The Significance of Conventionalism
Against Conventionalism
The First Stage of Naturalism: Names as Tools
The Second Stage of Naturalism: Function and Genre in the Etymologies
Rational Reconstruction
The Inspiration Episode
The Agonistic Display
The Etymologies as Ag(n
Plato and Parmenides on the Deceptiveness of Language
The Third Stage of Naturalism: Mimetic Correctness
Beyond Etymology
Mimesis and the Elements of Language
Craft and the Foundations of Correctness
Natural Correctness Re-examined
The DianomO Argument
On the Correctness of Images
The Two Cratyluses
The SklOrotOs Argument
The Names of the Numbers
Conclusions About Correctness
from Names to Things
Against the Study of Names
Language, Knowledge and Flux
The Cratylus and After: Names and Logoi
The Seventh Letter and the Weakness of Language
Logos and Knowledge Chapter
The Cratylus and After: False Statement
False Statement in the Cratylus
The Sophist on Syntax
The Sophist on False Statement
Bibliography
Index
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ISBN: 9780815339656
ISBN-10: 0815339658
Series: Studies in Philosophy
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 238
Published: 9th August 2001
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.88  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.45
Edition Number: 1