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[383a]

Hermogenes
Here is Socrates; shall we take him as a partner in our discussion?

Cratylus
If you like.

Hermogenes
Cratylus, whom you see here, Socrates, says that everything has a right name of its own, which comes by nature, and that a name is not whatever people call a thing by agreement, just a piece of their own voice applied to the thing, but that there is a kind of inherent correctness in names, which is the same for all men,


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