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τὸ μὲν οὖν ἀληθές: introduces a new topic, that of the value of philosophy. Its connexion with the preceding lies in the fact that Callicles looks upon philosophy as the hindrance which prevents Socrates from recognizing the truth of what he says.

ἐπὶ τὰ μείζω: is indefinite, and is employed only to depreciate philosophy and relegate it to a lower plane, as is evident from Callicles' further exposition.

χαρίεν: with a pleasing condescension, recognizing its merit,—but what a poor merit! Cf. 485 b.

ἐν τῇ ἡλικίᾳ: “in the time of life suitable for it.” What period this is can be gathered from the expressions πόρρω τῆς ἡλικίας and περαιτέρω τοῦ δέοντος. The words μετρίως and ἅψηται are also designedly chosen.

διαφθορά: Callicles assumes almost the tone of an oracle.

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