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τοῖς τῶν πολιτ. ἐξεστηκόσι ‘who stand apart from public life’. With a similar reference to his own abstention from political life (owing to want of φωνή and τόλμα), he says, Adv. Sophist. § 14, πολλοὶ μὲν τῶν φιλοσοφησάντων ἰδιῶται διετέλεσαν ὄντες, where see note.

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