The Cratylus of Plato : A Commentary
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, etymology, 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 full-scale commentary on the Cratylus 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, in both philosophy and classics, but presupposes no previous acquaintance with the subject and is accessible to undergraduates.
- Electronic book text
- 16 Jul 2012
- CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
- Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
- Cambridge, United Kingdom
- 1 b/w illus.
Table of 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.
'[This book] strikes me as a model of its kind. Dr Ademollo writes with the highest degree of lucidity and fluency, setting out the various positions and arguments with complete clarity and making judicious use of the resources of contemporary philosophy ... the book is one of the most attractively written which I have come across for some time.' Christopher Taylor, Phronesis