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Names “give allegorical access to a plethora of meanings none of which entirely exhausts the truth, but none of which betrays it either.”  Names and their chains of associations create a web, and new meanings arise in the history of a word because the words are at the “center of a web of allegorical echoes” that reverberate backward and forward along the web, along the chain…  When Socrates compares language to craft and says speech is a form of action, he is underscoring the fact that “words are part of the reality which they signify.”

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