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Introduction: Internal and External Connections

Jeremy Barris

in The Crane's Walk

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print April 2009 | ISBN: 9780823229130
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823235674 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5422/fso/9780823229130.003.0002
Introduction: Internal and External Connections

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A very good way to read Plato is, perhaps, the way Jacob Klein stunningly exemplifies. He reads each dialogue as it is presented to people by Plato, and pauses at each ambiguity to identify the different and often incompatible ways of understanding statements and interchanges, until the specific way that divergent possible meanings accumulate begins itself to indicate how one should understand the dialogue as a whole. This is not the approach taken in this book, however. Since Plato's dialogues have a great deal to do with the search for truth, there is in any event a large overlap between the orientation toward truth in general, without reliance on Plato's dialogues, and the orientation toward the truth about the dialogues themselves. This chapter also looks at “external” and “internal” connections: internal connections refer to that part of what makes one of the things what it is is part of what makes the other thing what it is, while external connections refer to that require no further thought to be fully grasped than just noticing them.

Keywords: Plato; Jacob Klein; dialogues; truth; orientation; internal connections; external connections

Chapter.  2381 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Language

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