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ἆῤ οὖν -- δοξάζει; J. and C. understand ὁ δοξάζων: but δόξα is more appropriate in itself, and much more easily supplied, especially if δοξάζει is read in 478 A: see note ad loc. ἢ ἀδύνατον κτλ. Cf. Theaet. 189 B οὐκ ἄρα οἷόν τε τὸ μὴ ὂν δοξάζειν, οὔτε περὶ τῶν ὄντων οὔτε αὐτὸ καθ᾽ αὑτό. μὴ ὄν is here the bare negative—absolute not-being. Cf. Bosanquet Companion p. 212. μὴ ὄν γε: i.q. τὸ μὴ ὄν γε (cf. μὴ ὄντι just below), not εἰ μὴ εἴη γε (as Stallbaum and Campbell suppose). Schneider and Jowett take the right view.
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