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[203d]

Theaetetus
Of course.

Socrates
He knows, that is, the S and the O.

Theaetetus
Yes.

Socrates
How is that? He is ignorant of each, and knowing neither of them he knows them both?

Theaetetus
That is monstrous and absurd, Socrates.

Socrates
And yet if a knowledge of each letter is necessary before one can know both, he who is ever to know a syllable must certainly know the letters first, and so our fine theory will have run away and vanished!


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