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Die Konzeption der natürlichen Richtigkeit von Namen in Platons Kratylos und ihre philosophische Signifikanz

Meißner, David

Archiv für Begriffsgeschichte, Bd. 65 (2023), Iss. 1: S. 86–99

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Meißner, David


Even though there are many excellent studies of Plato’s Cratylus, determining the position of this dialogue within Plato’s oeuvre remains challenging. In this paper, I aim to shed new light on this complex issue by explicating and defending the following claims: Cratylus articulates a conception of the natural correctness of names that (i) shifts our perspective on the use of ti estiquestions in several Socratic dialogues and (ii) shapes the way in which the method of collection and division is applied in certain other dialogues.