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[602e] “Certainly.” “But this surely would be the function1 of the part of the soul that reasons and calculates.2” “Why, yes, of that.” “And often when this has measured3 and declares that certain things are larger or that some are smaller than the others or equal, there is at the same time an appearance of the contrary.” “Yes.” “And did we not say4 that it is impossible for the same thing at one time to hold contradictory opinions about the same thing?”

1 Cf. Vol. I. p. 36, note a. Of course some of the modern connotations of “function” are unknown to Plato.

2 For λογιστικοῦ cf. on 439 D.

3 See p. 448, note c, and my Platonism and the History of Science, p. 176.

4 436 B, Vol. I. p. 383.

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