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[243e] when you say that both and each are? What are we to understand by this “being” (or “are”) of yours? Is this a third principle besides those two others, and shall we suppose that the universe is three, and not two any longer, according to your doctrine? For surely when you call one only of the two “being” you do not mean that both of them equally are; for in both cases1 they would pretty certainly be one and not two.

Theaetetus
True.

Stranger
Well, then, do you wish to call both of them together being?

Theaetetus
Perhaps.


1 “In both cases,” i.e. whether you say that one only is or that both are, they would both be one, namely being.

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