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I have another still more urgent request to make of you.

What is it?

Do not assume that I am becoming a sort of parricide.

What do you mean?

In defending myself I shall have to test the theory of my father Parmenides, and contend forcibly that after a fashion not-being is and on the other hand in a sense being is not.

It is plain that some such contention is necessary.

Yes, plain even to a blind man, as they say; for unless these statements

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