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[253e] and of many forms entirely apart and separate. This is the knowledge and ability to distinguish by classes how individual things can or cannot be associated with one another.

Theaetetus
Certainly it is.

Stranger
But you surely, I suppose, will not grant the art of dialectic to any but the man who pursues philosophy in purity and righteousness.

Theaetetus
How could it be granted to anyone else?

Stranger
Then it is in some region like this that we shall always, both now and hereafter, discover the philosopher, if we look for him;


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