Jeffrey Tinnin


Plato. Cratylus, Names -- History, Language and languages -- Philosophy -- History, Naturalness (Linguistics)


By suggesting that Plato’s Cratylus is in the form of a ring composition, this paper explores how this form plays out within the context of a dialogue on the nature of language. It traces the ring composition form as it applies to the issue of naming. In the end it argues that for Plato the development of language is essential for the growth and maintenance of the soul. The twin structures of the ring compositional form enable this understanding in interesting and complex ways.

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