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[895c] here is a question we may answer.

What is it?

If we should see that this motion had arisen in a thing of earth or water or fire, whether separate or in combination, what condition should we say exists in such a thing?

What you ask me is, whether we are to speak of a thing as “alive” when it moves itself?


It is alive, to be sure.

Well then, when we see soul in things, must we not equally agree that they are alive?

We must.

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