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[284a]

Stranger
If we assert that the greater has no relation to anything except the less, it will never have any relation to the standard of the mean, will it?

Younger Socrates
No.

Stranger
Will not this doctrine destroy the arts and their works one and all, and do away also with statesmanship, which we are now trying to define, and with weaving, which we did define? For all these are doubtless careful about excess and deficiency in relation to the standard of the mean; they regard them not as non-existent, but as real difficulties in actual practice,


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