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[523d] equally a finger,1 and in this respect it makes no difference whether it is observed as intermediate or at either extreme, whether it is white or black, thick or thin, or of any other quality of this kind. For in none of these cases is the soul of most men impelled to question the reason and to ask what in the world is a finger, since the faculty of sight never signifies to it at the same time that the finger is the opposite of a finger.” “Why, no, it does not,” he said. “Then,” said I, “it is to be expected that such a perception will not provoke or awaken2

1 This anticipates Aristotle's doctrine that “substances” do not, as qualities do, admit of more or less.

2 We should never press synonyms which Plato employs for ποικιλία of style or to avoid falling into a rut of terminology.

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