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[284b] and it is in this way, when they preserve the standard of the mean, that all their works are good and beautiful.

Younger Socrates
Certainly.

Stranger
And if we do away with the art of statesmanship, our subsequent search for the kingly art will be hopeless, will it not?

Younger Socrates
Certainly.

Stranger
Then just as in the case of the sophist1 we forced the conclusion that not-being exists, since that was the point at which we had lost our hold of the argument, so now we must force this second conclusion, that the greater and the less are to be measured in relation,


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