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Names, Reference and Correctness in Plato's «Cratylus»


Michael D. Palmer

Contents: This book offers an interpretation of Plato's own views in the Cratylus on how names pick out or refer to objects.
Most scholars who have written on the Cratylus believe Plato assumes that names refer to objects through the mediation of concepts or other intensional entities. DR. Palmer argues that Plato's views are most consistent with a theory of direct reference. Another distinctive feature of the present study is that it contains the most up to date and comprehensive bibliography on the Cratylus available anywhere.