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Cratylus, B. Jowett, Trans.
Plato

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This etext was prepared by Sue Asscher  

CRATYLUS 

by Plato 

Translated by Benjamin Jowett 

INTRODUCTION. 

The Cratylus has always been a source of perplexity to the student of
Plato.  While in fancy and humour, and perfection of style and metaphysical
originality, this dialogue may be ranked with the best of the Platonic
writings, there has been an uncertainty about the motive of the piece,
which interpreters have hitherto not succeeded in dispelling.  We need not
suppose that Plato used words in order to conceal his thoughts, or that he
would have been unintelligible to an educated contemporary.  In the
Phaedrus and Euthydemus we also find a difficulty in determining the

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