Ep. 324: Plato’s “Cratylus” on Language (Part Three for Supporters/Closereads)

Mark and Wes do a Closeread on the latter part of the dialogue, where Socrates argues to Cratylus that even if names (words) were devised to somehow depict the things they stand for, that wouldn’t guarantee that they ACCURATELY describe the world. You can’t look at the definitions of words to learn about the world; you have to actually investigate the world directly. Follow along with us in the text, starting at the bottom of p. 144.

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