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[12b]

Philebus
True; and for that reason I wash my hands of it and now call upon the goddess1 herself to witness that I do so.

Protarchus
And we also will bear witness to these words of yours. But all the same, Socrates, Philebus may agree or do as he likes, let us try to finish our argument in due order.

Socrates
We must try, and let us begin with the very goddess who Philebus says is spoken of as Aphrodite but is most truly named Pleasure.

Protarchus
Quite right.


1 The goddess of Pleasure,Ἡδονήpersonified.

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