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διαβολὴ κτλ. ἐν πᾶσι is neuter, ‘albeit misrepresentation is rife everywhere,’ “there is always detraction going on” (J. and C.).

ἂν οὖν τις κτλ. Cf. 484 C.

δημοτικῆς ἀρετῆς. Not scientific virtue, because its intellectual basis in the minds of the people is ὀρθὴ δόξα, and not ἐπιστήμη. See IV 430 C note, and on δημοτικὴ ἀρετή generally Zeller^{4} II 1, pp. 593—601, and Archer-Hind's edition of the Phaedo App. I. The ‘demotic virtue’ which the philosopher constructs is of course the best of its kind.

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