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[26e]

Socrates
But we said there was, in addition to three classes, a fourth to be investigated. Let us do that together. See whether you think that everything which comes into being must necessarily come into being through a cause.

Protarchus
Yes, I do; for how could it come into being apart from a cause?

Socrates
Does not the nature of that which makes or creates differ only in name from the cause, and may not the creative agent and the cause be properly considered one?

Protarchus
Yes.


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