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[57c] does not the discussion now assume that the same art is two and ask whether the art of the philosophers or that of the non-philosophers possesses the higher degree of clearness and purity?

Protarchus
Yes, I think that is just the question it asks.

Socrates
Then what reply shall we make, Protarchus?

Protarchus
Socrates, we have found a marvelously great difference in the clearness of different kinds of knowledge.

Socrates
That will make the reply easier, will it not?

Protarchus
Yes, to be sure; and let our reply be this, that the arithmetical and metrical arts far surpass the others and that of these


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