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[74b] “We shall say that there is,” said Simmias, “most decidedly.”

“And do we know what it is?”

“Certainly,” said he.

“Whence did we derive the knowledge of it? Is it not from the things we were just speaking of? Did we not, by seeing equal pieces of wood or stones or other things, derive from them a knowledge of abstract equality, which is another thing? Or do you not think it is another thing? Look at the matter in this way. Do not equal stones and pieces of wood, though they remain the same, sometimes appear to us equal in one respect and unequal in another?”


“Well, then, did absolute equals ever appear to you unequal or

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    • R. G. Bury, The Symposium of Plato, 211B
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    • James Adam, The Republic of Plato, 3.412B
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    • Herbert Weir Smyth, A Greek Grammar for Colleges, THE PARTICIPLE
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