Plato's Philosophy of Language

Paolo Crivelli

in The Oxford Handbook of Plato

Published in print August 2008 | ISBN: 9780195182903
Published online September 2009 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Philosophy

 Plato's Philosophy of Language

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Ideas in and problems of the philosophy of language surface frequently in Plato's dialogues. This forms the basis of the present article. Some passages briefly formulate, or presuppose, views about names, signification, truth, or falsehood; others are extended discussions of important themes of the philosophy of language. Basic predicative expressions are an integral part of Plato's philosophy of language. The article further emphasizes on the importance of forms as missing standards. Plato does say that perceptible particulars derive their names from the forms they partake of.

Keywords: philosophy; philosophy of language; Plato's dialogue; predicative expressions; Plato's philosophy; forms; missing standards

Article.  12419 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy ; Classical Philosophy ; Philosophy of Language

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