The ambiguity of 'name' in Plato's 'cratylus'

Philosophical Studies 34 (3):223 - 251 (1978)
In the "cratylus", Plato presents two theories about the correctness of names, I.E., Names are correct by nature and names are correct by convention. In this paper, I argue that plato holds both views because he recognizes that the word 'name' is ambiguous as between type and token. Name tokens (individual strings of marks and noises) are conventional for plato. But name types (the role played by the tokens or the concept expressed by the tokens) are not conventional for plato
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DOI 10.1007/BF00372890
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