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[198a]

Socrates
Consider then what expressions are needed for the process of recapturing and taking and holding and letting go again whichever he please of the kinds of knowledge, whether they are the same expressions as those needed for the original acquisition, or others. But you will understand better by an illustration. You admit that there is an art of arithmetic?

Theaetetus
Yes.

Socrates
Now suppose this to be a hunt after the kinds of knowledge, or sciences, of all odd and even numbers.

Theaetetus
I do so.

Socrates
Now it is by this art, I imagine, that a man has


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