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καὶ διαλεκτικὸν κτλ. Cf. 531 E note As far as words go, this definition of Dialectic might almost have come from the historical Socrates, although of course λόγον λαμβάνειν, οὐσία and λόγον διδόναι meant less to him than to Plato.

οὐ φήσεις=‘negabis.’ οὐ is not here ‘nonne.’ The interrogation is carried on from the last clause.

διορίσασθαι -- ἀφελών perhaps suggests the διαίρεσις, which was an essential part of Plato's dialectical method: see App. III. It is noteworthy however that the Republic lays far more stress on συναγωγή than on διαίρεσις: cf. 537 C, Zeller^{4} II 1. p. 617 note and App. III.

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