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τὴν φύσιν. Krohn (Pl. St. p. 95) justly observes that the φύσις τοῦ καλοῦ of III 401 C is “the true beauty, which has an adequate external form, whereas that of Book V is the essence of Beauty, which is never fully expressed in any outward form.” The contrast significantly marks the greater Idealism of Books V—VII. Cf. X 597 B note

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