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[600] οὐκ ἂν γένοιτο κ.τ.λ. Creon has been arguing that he has no motive for treason. He now states a general maxim, “No mind would ever turn to treason, while it was sound.” As a logical inference, this holds good only of those who are in Creon's fortunate case. If, on the other hand, καλῶς φρονῶν means “alive to its own highest good,” and not merely to such self-interest as that of which Creon has spoken, then the statement has no strict connection with what precedes: it becomes a new argument of a different order, which might be illustrated from Plato's κακὸς ἑκὼν οὐδείς. It would be forcing the words to render: “A base mind could not approve itself wise,” i.e. “such treason as you ascribe to me would be silly.”

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