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[18a] and what purpose is there in it?

Socrates
Protarchus, that is a very proper question which Philebus has asked us.

Protarchus
Certainly it is, so please answer it.

Socrates
I will, when I have said a little more on just this subject. For if a person begins with some unity or other, he must, as I was saying, not turn immediately to infinity, but to some definite number; now just so, conversely, when he has to take the infinite first,


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