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[104d] “Then, Cebes, will they be those which always compel anything of which they take possession not only to take their form but also that of some opposite?”

“What do you mean?”

“Such things as we were speaking of just now. You know of course that those things in which the number three is an essential element must be not only three but also odd.”

“Certainly.”

“Now such a thing can never admit the idea which is the opposite of the concept which produces this result.”

“No, it cannot.”

“But the result was produced by the concept of the odd?”

“Yes.”

“And the opposite of this is the idea


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