Strange Variations: The Role of Language in Plato's Thought
by Simon Oswitch
"We may admit so much... knowledge of things is not to be derived from names... no discourse worth serious attention has ever been written in verse or prose." When Plato makes claims such as these but in other dialogues argues for the central importance of language and writing, what can he mean? How can he be understood? What does he truly mean? In this unique study, Simon P. Oswitch offers a detailed survey and analysis of Plato's often equivocal views toward language in his dialogues and letters; from its exclusion in the Cratylus to its necessity in the Sophist, Oswitch demonstrates that this overlooked aspect of Plato's thought must be taken into account. Says Oswitch: "The aim is not to argue for the "better" position as I deem this unfeasible, but to demonstrate that these equivocal perspectives challenge any reading of Plato failing to account for this crucial issue."
This product was added to our catalog on Wednesday 13 October, 2010.