Does Plato Argue Fallaciously at Cratylus 385b–c?

Apeiron 44 (1):13-21 (2011)
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At Cratylus 385b–c, Plato appears to argue that names have truth-value. Critics have almost universally condemned the argument as fallacious. Their case has proven so compelling that it has driven editors to recommend moving or removing the argument from its received position in the manuscripts. I argue that a close reading of the argument reveals it commits no fallacy, and its purpose in the dialogue justifies its original position. I wish to vindicate the manuscript tradition, showing that the argument establishes that there is subject matter for investigation, and there is a correctness of names.



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