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Plato's Cratylus And Aristotle's De Interpretatione: Setting The Scene

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The second part of this chapter will focus on Aristotle's view on language as it is found in De Interpretatione. The two are often compared to each other and at the end of this chapter such a comparison will be undertaken by the author himself in order to bring out the tension between the two accounts. The last section undermines the belief so dear to almost the entire later tradition that names are trustworthy sources of information about the nature of things so that they may have felt inclined to omit it, be it perhaps unconsciously. When this discussion is related to the Cratylus, the close link between dialectical division and naming is evident. So suspicious, in fact, that he does not think it necessary to refute this claim, but instead focuses on the rivalling view according to which alteration and coming-to-be are two different things since philosophers think so.

Keywords: comparison; dialectical; Interpretatione; Setting; Plato's Craytylus; Scene; tension; tradition



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