**AFTER MEETING AT EVA'S LET'S WALK OVER TO A SECLUDED PART OF THE BEACH, JUST OVER THE WATER. IF LATE, TEXT[masked]-4648. CONSIDER BLANKETS ETC. CHEERS - Brian***
Plato's Cratylus is a dialogue about knowing reality via names. Three interlocutors make very different contributions to the discussion. First, Hermogenes defends the view that correctness in names is simply a matter of establishing linguistic conventions to use certain sounds to tag certain objects. Cratylus, on the other hand, subscribes to a naturalism wherein names are correct insofar as they reveal something about the natures of their bearers.
When Socrates joins the conversation the questions shift radically while seeming to stake out a middle ground. What view, if any, does Socrates take on the connection between words and reality?
This dialogue is challenging, sometimes wild, but ultimately very rewarding once we start to catch on to what Socrates might be up to.
We can expect a high level, energized discussion that makes reference to the reading and Platonic ideas. Still, the discussion should be relevant to all members due to the (universal) subject matter and dialogue format of the reading.
A friendly environment open to diverse perspectives