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[244b] If we speak in this way and make this request of them and of all who say that the universe is more than one, shall we, my boy, be doing anything improper?

Not in the least.

Well then, must we not, so far as we can, try to learn from those who say that the universe is one1 what they mean when they say “being”?

Of course we must.

Then let them answer this question: Do you say that one only is? We do, they will say; will they not?


Well then, do you give the name of being to anything?


1 The Eleatic Zeno and his school.

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