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[490d] the objection that though everybody will be compelled to admit our statements,1 yet, if we abandoned mere words and fixed our eyes on the persons to whom the words referred, everyone would say that he actually saw some of them to be useless and most of them base with all baseness, it was in our search for the cause of this ill-repute that we came to the present question: Why is it that the majority are bad? And, for the sake of this, we took up again the nature of the true philosophers and defined what it must necessarily be?”

1 Cf. for the use of the dative Polit. 258 Aσυγχωρεῖς οὖν οἷς λέγει, Phaedo 100 Cτῇ τοιᾷδε αἰτίᾳ συγχωρεῖς, Horace, Sat. ii. 3. 305 “stultum me fateor, liceat concedere veris.”

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