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Nicht Wissen ist auch Macht. Zur Gesprächsdynamik der Eingangsszene in Platons Kratylos

Winter, Kathrin

In: Philologus, 165 (2021), Nr. 2. pp. 205-224. ISSN 0031-7985 (Druck-Ausg.); 2196-7008 (Online-Ausg.)

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Abstract: In the introductory scene of Plato’s Cratylus a power game takes place that is based on an asymmetrical distribution of knowledge and which determines the dynamics of the communication. Since Cratylus claims to have greater knowledge than Hermogenes, he puts his discussion partner in an inferior position. Hermogenes strives to balance out this power differential by different strategies. One such strategy is that of including Socrates in the discussion. Socrates reacts to the power differential that Cratylus has built up in a different way from Hermogenes: by the fact that he claims no knowledge for himself but even rejects any knowledge, he succeeds in gaining a position superior to Cratylus and Hermogenes.

Document type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Philologus
Volume: 165
Number: 2
Publisher: de Gruyter
Place of Publication: Berlin
Edition: Zweitveröffentlichung
Date Deposited: 23 Jan 2023 11:10
Date: 2021
ISSN: 0031-7985 (Druck-Ausg.); 2196-7008 (Online-Ausg.)
Page Range: pp. 205-224
Faculties / Institutes: Philosophische Fakultät > Seminar für klassische Philologie
DDC-classification: 100 Philosophy
Uncontrolled Keywords: Kratylos, Macht, Wissen, Kommunikationsdynamik
Additional Information: Dieser Beitrag ist aufgrund einer (DFG-geförderten) Allianz bzw. Nationallizenz frei zugänglich. *** This publication is freely accessible due to an Alliance licence and a national licence (funded by the DFG, German Research Foundation) respectively.
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