Plato's Cratylus: The Comedy Of Language by Shane Montgomery EwegenPlato's Cratylus: The Comedy Of Language by Shane Montgomery Ewegen

Plato's Cratylus: The Comedy Of Language

byShane Montgomery Ewegen, S. Montgomery Ewegen

Hardcover | November 14, 2013

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Plato's dialogue Cratylus focuses on being and human dependence on words, or the essential truths about the human condition. Arguing that comedy is an essential part of Plato's concept of language, S. Montgomery Ewegen asserts that understanding the comedic is key to an understanding of Plato's deeper philosophical intentions. Ewegen shows how Plato's view of language is bound to comedy through words and how, for Plato, philosophy has much in common with playfulness and the ridiculous. By tying words, language, and our often uneasy relationship with them to comedy, Ewegen frames a new reading of this notable Platonic dialogue.

S. Montgomery Ewegen is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Trinity College.
Title:Plato's Cratylus: The Comedy Of LanguageFormat:HardcoverDimensions:248 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.69 inPublished:November 14, 2013Publisher:Indiana University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0253010446

ISBN - 13:9780253010445

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Table of Contents

1. First Words
2. Marking the Limits
3. A Question of Inheritance
4. The Nature of Nature
5. Technological Language
6. A Homeric Inheritance
7. What Words Will
8. The Tragedy of Cratylus
Conclusion: The Comedy of the Cratylus

Editorial Reviews

"This book will be a standard source for philosophers working on Plato's Cratylus-and, beyond that, it will be essential reading for everyone working on understanding the nature of logos in Plato's thinking." -Robert Metcalf, University of Colorado, Denver