Cratylus

ISBN-10: 0872204162

ISBN-13: 9780872204164

Edition: N/A

Authors: Plato, C. D. C. Reeve

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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.
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List price: $17.00
Publisher: Hackett Publishing Company, Incorporated
Publication date: 9/15/1998
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 160
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.396
Language: English

Plato was born c. 427 B.C. in Athens, Greece, to an aristocratic family very much involved in political government. Pericles, famous ruler of Athens during its golden age, was Plato's step-father. Plato was well educated and studied under Socrates, with whom he developed a close friendship. When Socrates was publically executed in 399 B.C., Plato finally distanced himself from a career in Athenian politics, instead becoming one of the greatest philosophers of Western civilization. Plato extended Socrates's inquiries to his students, one of the most famous being Aristotle. Plato's The Republic is an enduring work, discussing justice, the importance of education, and the qualities needed for rulers to succeed. Plato felt governors must be philosophers so they may govern wisely and effectively. Plato founded the Academy, an educational institution dedicated to pursuing philosophic truth. The Academy lasted well into the 6th century A.D., and is the model for all western universities. Its formation is along the lines Plato laid out in The Republic. Many of Plato's essays and writings survive to this day. Plato died in 347 B.C. at the age of 80.

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

Preface
Introduction
Hermogenes and Cratylus on Names
Natures, Actions, and the Truth in Names
The Maker of Names
Natures and Forms, Names and Shuttles
Homer on the Correctness of Names
The Testimony of Names Themselves
The Etymologies
Primary Names
Cratylus on Truth, Falsity, and Fitting
Convention Returns
Knowledge and Instruction
Heracliteanism
Socrates on the Correctness of Names
Conclusion
Plato's Cratylus
Select Bibliography
Index of Names Discussed in the Cratylus
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