[260e] in which we placed him, has absolutely no existence, since opinion and speech have no participation in not-being; for falsehood cannot possibly exist unless such participation takes place. For this reason we must first inquire into the nature of speech and opinion and fancy,1 in order that when they are made clear we may perceive that they participate in not-being,
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1 The English word “fancy,” though etymologically identical with the Greek φαντασία, has lost the close connection with “seeming” (φαίνεσθαι) which the Greek retains. The Greek word is therefore more comprehensive than the English, denoting that which appears to be, whether as the result of imagination or of sensation. Cf. 235 D ff.
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