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[254a] he also is hard to see clearly, but the difficulty is not the same in his case and that of the sophist.

How do they differ?

The sophist runs away into the darkness of not-being, feeling his way in it by practice,1 and is hard to discern on account of the darkness of the place. Don't you think so?

It seems likely.

But the philosopher, always devoting himself through reason to the idea of being, is also very difficult to see on account of the brilliant light of the place; for the eyes

1 By practice, i.e., by empirical knowledge as opposed to reason.

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