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[237b] So that is his testimony, and a reasonable examination of the statement itself would make it most absolutely clear. Let us then consider this matter first, if it's all the same to you.

Theaetetus
Assume my consent to anything you wish. Consider only the argument, how it may best be pursued; follow your own course, and take me along with you.

Stranger
Very well, then. Now tell me; do we venture to use the phrase absolute not-being?

Theaetetus
Of course.

Stranger
If, then, not merely for the sake of discussion or as a joke, but


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