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This, then, was my question just now: How should we express ourselves in speaking about them when an arithmetician undertakes to count or a man of letters to read something? In such a case shall we say that although he knows he sets himself to learn again from himself that which he knows?

But that is extraordinary, Socrates.

But shall we say that he is going to read or count that which he does not know, when we have granted that he knows all letters and all numbers?

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