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[895c] here is a question we may answer.

Clinias
What is it?

Athenian
If we should see that this motion had arisen in a thing of earth or water or fire, whether separate or in combination, what condition should we say exists in such a thing?

Clinias
What you ask me is, whether we are to speak of a thing as “alive” when it moves itself?

Athenian
Yes.

Clinias
It is alive, to be sure.

Athenian
Well then, when we see soul in things, must we not equally agree that they are alive?

Clinias
We must.

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