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[399d]

Hermogenes
It seems to me to come naturally next after those you have discussed. We speak of man's soul and body.

Socrates
Yes, of course.

Hermogenes
Let us try to analyze these, as we did the previous words.

Socrates
You mean consider “soul” (ψυχή) and see why it is properly called by that name, and likewise “body” (σῶμα)?

Hermogenes
Yes.

Socrates
To speak on the spur of the moment, I think those who gave the soul its name had something of this sort in mind: they thought when it was present in the body it was the cause of its living,


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