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[895d]

Athenian
Now stop a moment, in Heaven's name! Would you not desire to observe three points about every object?

Clinias
What do you mean?

Athenian
One point is the substance, one the definition of the substance, and one the name;1 and, moreover, about everything that exists there are two questions to be asked.

Clinias
How two?

Athenian
At one time each of us, propounding the name by itself, demands the definition; at another, propounding the definition by itself, he demands the name.

Clinias
Is it something of this kind we mean now to convey?

Athenian
Of what kind?

1 Cp.Epistles 7, 342 A, B.

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