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αὐτῶν -- τῶν σιτίων. Herwerden (following Ξ) would omit τῶν σιτίων, but the contrast with σώματος μοχθηρίαν is improved by the presence of these words. αὐτῶν is ‘ipsorum’ exactly as in αὐτῶν ἐκείνων above: ‘of food itself’ )( body.

ὑπὸ δὲ σιτίων κτλ. Cf. 609 A, B. It is difficult to see where the ἔμφυτον κακόν comes in when the organism is destroyed by violence. Surely fire destroys wood without using σηπεδών as its instrument. The fact is that Plato's theory of a ξύμφυτον κακόν by which and which alone each object is destroyed, if destroyed it be, does not apply except where the object is independent of external influences, and such, throughout this proof, he supposes soul to be. Cf. 608 D note and Brandt l.c. p. 29.

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