Cratylus

Front Cover
Hackett Publishing, 1998 - Philosophy - 103 pages
9 Reviews
The Cratylus, Plato's sole dialogue devoted to the relation between language and reality, is acknowledged to be one of his masterpieces. But owing to its often enigmatic content no more than a handful of passages from it have played a part in the global evaluation of Plato's philosophy. This new English translation by C D C Reeve is the first since 1926, and incomparably the most helpful and accessible now available. It opens up the Cratylus to all philosophically interested readers, as well as to cultural historians and to those whose primary concern is the history of linguistics. The full and lucid introduction does much to illuminate the internal dynamic of this important text and to explain its place within Plato's oeuvre.
 

What people are saying - Write a review

User ratings

5 stars
3
4 stars
1
3 stars
4
2 stars
0
1 star
1

Review: Cratylus

User Review  - Rich - Goodreads

Plato/Socrates brilliantly postulates on the subject of language in Cratylus by beginning an etymology discussion* to allow the reader to enter a mindset and be prepared to understand the differences ... Read full review

Review: Cratylus

User Review  - Bob Nichols - Goodreads

Socrates leads a discussion on the topic of whether names reflect the essence of the things named. Cratylus says they do. Hermogenes says they do not. Socrates takes on Hermogenes by suggesting that ... Read full review

Contents

PREFACE
ix
INTRODUCTION
xi
1 Hermogenes and Cratylus on Names
xii
2 Natures Actions and the Truth in Names
xiv
3 The Maker of Names
xix
4 Natures and Forms Names and Shuttles
xxi
5 Homer on the Correctness of Names
xxiii
6 The Testimony of Names Themselves
xxvi
9 Cratylus on Truth Falsity and Fitting
xxxvi
10 Convention Returns
xl
11 Knowledge and Instruction
xlii
12 Heracliteanism
xliv
13 Socrates on the Correctness of Names
xlvii
PLATOS CRATYLUS
1
SELECT BIBLIOGRAPHY
97
INDEX OF NAMES DISCUSSED IN THE CRATYLUS
101

7 The Etymologies
xxx
8 Primary Names
xxxiii

Common terms and phrases

About the author (1998)

C. D. C. Reeve is Delta Kappa Epsilon Distinguished Professor of Philosophy, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

Bibliographic information