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Artificiality and Nature (Sometimes Being Is Something Else)

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/9780823229130.003.0003
Artificiality and Nature               (Sometimes Being Is Something Else)

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Certain kinds of artificiality or unnaturalness are sometimes also the most natural or spontaneous, in the very sense in which they are artificial and unnatural. As becomes clear in this chapter, the “sometimes” qualification is as important a part of this idea as the relation between nature and artificiality. At first glance, this idea might not seem to have any bearing on Plato at all. However, his works, for a start, in dealing with the truth and nature of things, teem with fictions and the artifices of wit and of provocative details of construction. Whatever Plato's conclusions about reality might then be, what he does in coming to those conclusion in the first place—in approaching those conclusions—must exhibit a “sometimes” thinking of the kind. This chapter also discusses the inconstancy or “sometimes always” character of truth.

Keywords: artificiality; nature; Plato; truth; fictions; reality; inconstancy; sometimes always

Chapter.  4951 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Language

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