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[352d] are completely incapable of effective action—all this I understand to be the truth, and not what you originally laid down. But whether it is also true1 that the just have a better life than the unjust and are happier, which is the question we afterwards proposed for examination, is what we now have to consider. It appears even now that they are, I think, from what has already been said. But all the same we must examine it more carefully.2 For it is no ordinary3 matter that we are discussing, but the right conduct of life.” “Proceed with your inquiry,” he said. “I proceed,” said I. “Tell me then—would you say

1 The main ethical question of the Republic, suggested in 347 E, now recurs.

2 Similarly 578 C. What has been said implies that injustice is the corruption and disease of the soul (see on 445 A-B). But Socrates wishes to make further use of the argument from ἔργον or specific function.

3 Cf. on 344 D, , pp. 71 f.

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