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τὰ βραδύτερα. Stallbaum and others read βραδύτερα without the article (on slight MS authority), but praestat lectio difficilior. Cf. εἴτε ἐγγείων εἴτε τῶν ζῴων VI 491 D. τά is certainly not wrong, and the variety of expression is pleasing: ‘and heavier also to lighter, and swifter to that which is slower—do they not stand to one another in this relation?’ i.e. such that if βαρύτερα, for example, is qualified, κουφότερα is qualified too. ἐπιστήμη μὲν αὐτή. ‘Knowledge and nothing more,’ as opposed to knowledge plus some specification, e.g. astronomical knowledge, literary knowledge etc. It is interesting and instructive to study Parm. 134 A ff. side by side with this passage. There αὐτὴ ἐπιστήμη has for its object τῆς ὃ ἔστιν ἀλήθεια, i.e. the Ideas; here we do not soar so high, for μαθήματος αὐτοῦ is only ‘learning and nothing more’ )( e.g. physical learning, classical learning, etc.
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