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Theaetetus
Yes, if anything can be assumed to be.

Stranger
Then let us not even undertake to attribute either the singular or the plural of number to not-being.

Theaetetus
We should, apparently, not be right in undertaking that, as our argument shows.

Stranger
How then could a man either utter in speech or even so much as conceive in his mind things which are not, or not-being, apart from number?

Theaetetus
Tell me how number is involved in such conceptions.

Stranger
When we say “things which are not,” do we not attribute


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