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18. ἥττω εἶναι αὑτοῦ κτλ. The phrases ἥττων αὑτοῦ and κρείττων ἑαυτοῦ are here substituted for ἥττων τῆς ἡδονῆς and κρείττων τῆς ἡδονῆς. Cf. the discussions in Rep. IV. 430E ff. and Laws, I. 626E ff., where κρείττω and ἥττω εἶναι ἑαυτοῦ are interpreted as the victory of the better part in us over the worse and conversely. As the worse part is the part which seeks ἡδονή, i.e. τὸ ἐπιθυμητικόν, the identification is just.

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