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Proclus' Commentary On The Cratylus (II): Naming, Dialectic, And The Divine Intellect

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In this chapter,a closer look at this relation between language, dialectic, and the metaphysical realm will be taken. First,Proclus' discussion of the logical or dialectical character of the Cratylus will be taken up.The study of reality that begins with the Cratylus eventually culminates in the Parmenides.The study of these sciences thus redirects our attention from the material world to the intelligible world of Forms, the object of contemplation of the divine Intellect. However,one might also argue that natural things need not be the same in all cases.The discussion starts with an aporia: it may seem strange (axoreov aivexai) that both the dialectician who is superior to the legislator and the judge who is inferior to the legislator use his work, the laws.This discussion points forward to the detailed interpretation of Hesiod's theogony with which Proclus ends his Commentary on the Cratylus.

Keywords: aporia; character; Crotylus :Naming; Dialectic; DIVINE INTELLECT; passage; Proteus's



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