make mistakes.” “That is because you argue like a
pettifogger, Socrates. Why, to take the nearest example, do you call one who
is mistaken about the sick a physician in respect of his mistake or one who
goes wrong in a calculation a calculator when he goes wrong and in respect
of this error? Yet that is what we say literally—we say that the
physician1 erred and the calculator and the schoolmaster. But the
truth, I take it, is, that each of these
1 For the idea cf. Rousseau's Emile, i.:
“On me dira . . . que les fautes sont du medecin, mais que la
medicine en elle-meme est infaillible. A al bonne heure; mais qu'elle
vienne donc sans le medecin.” Lucian, De Parasito 54, parodies this
Plato. Plato in Twelve Volumes, Vols. 5 & 6 translated by Paul Shorey. Cambridge, MA, Harvard University Press; London, William Heinemann Ltd. 1969.
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