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[257e]

Theaetetus
What?

Stranger
Does it not result from this that the not-beautiful is a distinct part of some one class of being and also, again, opposed to some class of being?

Theaetetus
Yes.

Stranger
Then, apparently, it follows that the not-beautiful is a contrast of being with being.

Theaetetus
Quite right.

Stranger
Can we, then, in that case, say that the beautiful is more and the not-beautiful less a part of being?

Theaetetus
Not at all.


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