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[507b] “What?” said he. “We predicate ‘to be’1 of many beautiful things and many good things, saying of them severally that they are, and so define them in our speech.” “We do.” “And again, we speak of a self-beautiful and of a good that is only and merely good, and so, in the case of all the things that we then posited as many, we turn about and posit each as a single idea or aspect, assuming it to be a unity and call it that which each really is.2 “It is so.” “And the one class of things we say can be seen but not thought,

1 The modern reader will never understand Plato from translation that talk about “Being.” Cf. What Plato Said, p. 605.

2 ἔστιν is technical for the reality of the ideas. Cf. Phaedo 75 B, D, 78 D, Parmen. 129 B, Symp. 211 C, Rep. 490 B, 532 A, 597 A.

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