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[534b] “Well,” he said, “I agree with you about the rest of it, so far as I am able to follow.” “And do you not also give the name dialectician to the man who is able to exact an account1 of the essence of each thing? And will you not say that the one who is unable to do this, in so far as he is incapable of rendering an account to himself and others, does not possess full reason and intelligence2 about the matter?” “How could I say that he does?” he replied. “And is not this true of the good likewise3—that the man who is unable to define in his discourse and distinguish and abstract from all other things the aspect or idea of the good,

1 Cf. on 531 E, p. 195, note f.

2 Cf. on 511 D, p. 117, note a.

3 This would be superfluous on the interpretation that the ἱκανόν must always be the idea of good. What follows distinguishes the dialectician from the the eristic sophist. For the short cut,καὶ . . . ὡσαύτως, cf. 523 E, 580 D, 585 D, 346 A, etc.

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