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τὴν τοῦ ἀγαθοῦ ἕξιν: i.q. τὸ ἀγαθὸν ὡς ἔχει (J. and C.).

οὐ γὰρ δήπου κτλ. is said in view of the question in 506 B. There is certainly no allusion to the Philebus: see 505 C note

—C In the second place the Sun also provides the objects of sight with generation (γένεσις), increase, and nutriment, although generation is not identical with the Sun. In like manner, the objects of Knowledge receive their Being and Existence from the Good, which is itself distinct from and higher than Existence.

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