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32. τίς οὖν εἰς γράμματα κτλ. In order to read into Simonides the doctrine that virtue is knowledge and vice ignorance, Socrates assigns to πράξας εὖ in the poem the meaning of acting well, rather than faring well.

36. κακὸς δὲ κακῶς, sc. πράξας: a free rendering of κακὸς δ᾽ εἰ κακῶς of the poem, which Kral (following Ast) reads here against the MSS.

40. κακῶς πράξαντες, i.e. εἰ κακῶς πράξαιμεν, as the words of the poem show. Socrates' reasoning is: to become a bad doctor by practising badly, you must first have been a good doctor: for if you cannot become a doctor by practising badly, obviously you cannot become a bad doctor. The argument is as fallacious as it is ingenious: it assumes that κακὸς ἰατρός is a twofold notion, and more than ἰατρός, whereas it is a single notion and less. It would be more in conformity with experience to say that the ἰδιώτης does become by practising badly a κακὸς ἰατρός.

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