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οὐκ ἁπλοῦν: the word has its fundamental meaning. The question requires a double answer. Cf. Lach. 188 c ἁπλοῦν τό γ᾽ ἐμὸν περὶ λόγων ἐστίν, εἰ δὲ βούλει, οὐχ ἁπλοῦν, ἀλλὰ διπλοῦν. καὶ γὰρ ἂν δόξαιμί τῳ φιλόλογος εἶναι καὶ αὖ μισόλογος. Cf. also 468 c ἁπλῶς οὕτως.

εἰ γὰρ καί: καί does not belong to τοῦτο, but to εἰ. Socrates expresses himself as satisfied with the division made by Callicles, but recognizes even under this condition at least the possibility of a good, commendable rhetoric.

εἴτε ἡδίω εἴτε ἀηδέστερα: Demosthenes, who in many speeches combats the πρὸς ἡδονήν and πρὸς χάριν δημηγορεῖν, says in Ol. iii. 18, in harmony with Plato's teaching, ἀλλὰ δεῖ τὰ βέλτιστα ἀντὶ τῶν ἡδέων, ἂν μὴ συναμφότερα ἐξῇ, λαμβάνειν.

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