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[977c] and recall how entirely right we were in conceiving that if we should deprive human nature of number we should never attain to any understanding. For then the soul of that creature which could not tell1 things would never any more be able, one may say, to attain virtue in general; and the creature that did not know two and three, or odd or even, and was completely ignorant of number, could never clearly tell of things about which it had only acquired sensations and memories. From the attainment of ordinary virtue—


1 There is a curious play here on the two meanings ofλόγος—“reckoning,”and“description.”(Cf. the like English meanings of“tale”or“account.”)

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