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Plato's Cratylus

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[Revised entry by David Sedley on August 23, 2018. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography] The formal topic of the Cratylus is 'correctness of names', a hot topic in the late fifth century BC when the dialogue has its dramatic setting. Sophists like Prodicus offered training courses in this subject, sometimes perhaps meaning by it little more than lessons in correct diction. But that practical issue spawned the theoretical question, what criteria determine the correct choice of name for any given object? And in the Cratylus...

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