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[196e] But really, Theaetetus, our talk has been badly tainted with unclearness all along; for we have said over and over again “we know” and “we do not know” and “we have knowledge” and “we have no knowledge,” as if we could understand each other, while we were still ignorant of knowledge; and at this very moment, if you please, we have again used the terms “be ignorant” and “understand,” as though we had any right to use them if we are deprived of knowledge.

But how will you converse, Socrates, if you refrain from these words?

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