Plato's Cratylus: Argument, Form, and Structure

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Rodopi, Jan 1, 2005 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 151 pages
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This book explains how the Cratylus, Plato's apparently meandering and comical dialogue on the correctness of names, makes serious philosophical progress by its notorious etymological digressions. While still a wild ride through a Heraclitean flood of etymologies which threatens to swamp language altogether, the Cratylus emerges as an astonishingly organized evaluation of the power of words.

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